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Susan Kinney-Perkins


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Susan Kinney-Perkins has nearly 20 years of experience in Space Acquisition and Logistics and Policy development as the Director for Logistics (SES) at NASA and as a Logistics Program Manager for the Space Station program. Additionally, she has served the DOD for over 14 years as a civilian at HQMC USMC as the Deputy for Logistics addressing all facets of logistics planning, policy development, and strategic mobility across the ground forces of the Marine Corps; and at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) supporting logistics Program Managers. She also served NAVAIR as a Naval reserve officer for 27 years (Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer) commanding four acquisition and maintenance organizations. Susan served in commercial industry as a Senior Manager establishing a Supply Chain practice offering solutions to the Federal sector, and earlier as a Logistics Manager supporting multiple aircraft platforms and space hardware. Later in her career Susan transitioned to Academia and led the Supply Chain curriculum at the National Defense University (NDU–Eisenhower School) and taught Acquisition, Innovation, and supported the Space, Land Combat, and Industrial Base industry studies programs. Later she taught at the Defense Systems Management College – Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where she led the Life Cycle Logistics and Sustainment portion of the university education and provided consulting to Senior Program Managers across the DoD and Federal Government. Susan received a MS in National Resource Strategy & a Strategic Acquisition Certificate from the National Defense University, Industrial College, an MBA from George Mason University, and a BS in Management from GMU/Virginia Tech. She is a graduate of MIT Seminar XXI Foreign Politics and International Relations, Federal Executive Institute (FEI), UNC Executive Logistics & Technology, Office of Personnel Management (OPM’s) Excellence in Government and is Defense Acquisition University certified in Life Cycle Logistics (III) & Program Management (II), a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and a Certified Acquisition Professional. Experienced in: Program Management, Supply Chain Management, Aerospace Maintenance (27 years), Federal Government Senior Executive (SES), NASA Executive, US Marine Corps Deputy for Logistics, Space Station Logistics Management; Naval Aviation Major Program Management. Corporate Business Development & Operations. Acquisition Expertise: Federal, DoD and Industry; Supply Chain/Logistics Management, National Security Strategy; National Defense Strategy; Acquisition Operations Management; Defense Industrial Base; Change Management; Acquisition Innovation & Creative Destruction;

History of Employment

Professor of Logistics
Defense Systems Management College
Defense Systems Management College
Associate professor, Dir of Supply Chain Practice
Eisenhower School- Industrial College of the Armed Forces
National Defense University
Director Logistics Management
Office of Strategic Initiatives
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
CAPT ( 4 Commands)
US Navy
US Naval Reserves - Squadron, Depot, Training Systems & HQ
Deputy Director
Logistics Plans, Policies and Strategic Mobility
HQ United States Marine Corps
Senior Manager
Office of Government Services
Arthur Andersen, LLP
Director of Logistics
Logistics & Industrial Relations & Management Systems and Facilities
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Logistics Program Manager
Space Station Freedom Program Office
Grumman Corp/NASA
Director of Aircraft Operations/Program Manager for Logistics Support
National Technologies and Assoc. (NTA)/JWK International/Naval Air Systems Command
Primary Policy Areas

Acquisition, Commerce, Defense, Economy, Education, Federal Hiring and Position Classification , Government Operations/Innovation, Higher Education, Intergovernmental Affairs and Coordination, National Security, Oversight/Regulation, Transportation

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Research, Advocacy, Change Management, Intergovernmental, Military Service, Performance Measurement, Procurement and Acquisition, Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning