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Dr. Ann Wong

Defense Systems Management College, Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
Dr. Ann Wong is currently a Professor of Executive Program Management at Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), where she works closely with the executive-level members of the DoD acquisition workforce. She develops and conducts training on agile and software curriculums with a program management focus, as well as consulting for acquisition workforce and organizations who are considering, transforming, and wanting to improve their agile implementation.  Ann is a Certified ScrumMaster and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC4).

Prior to joining DSMC, Ann served a 24-year Air Force career in a variety of acquisition management and engineering roles. She has experience in a variety of domains, to include software, information technology, aviation, logistics, space systems, command and control, modeling and simulations, wargaming, military exercise support, and homeland defense/security. She had held assignments in service and joint program offices, Wing Headquarters, OSD, Air Staff, and Joint Staff.

Prior to entering active duty, Ann developed statistical process control software and firmware in a small, private company that served the textile industry. Her Air Force assignments included F-111/A-10 aircraft avionics and depot maintenance (McClellan AFB) and Space-Based Infrared Satellite system acquisition (Los Angeles AFB).  She directed the Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center at Hanscom AFB, was the Analysis Lead for the E-10 Analysis of Alternatives, as well as other strategic analysis efforts for the command and control community. She also led the fielding and sustainment of JTIDS terminals for U.S. and Allied aircraft (Hanscom AFB). Ann served as the Program Element Monitor at HQ Air Staff for the $5B MILSATCOM Terminals portfolio and the Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio. After attending Intermediate Service School at the Air Force Institute of Technology, she was assigned as the Warfighter Integration lead for the Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications system (Missile Defense Agency), and, then as the Chief of Homeland Defense at the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (Joint Staff J8). She joined DAU in August 2012 as a Professor of Systems Engineering in the Capital Northeast Region. Upon retirement from active duty, Ann joined DAU in her current faculty position at the Defense Systems Management College.

Ann holds a Doctorate of Engineering Management, The George Washington University, August 2018; Master of Science Systems Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, September 2008; and a Master of Science of Project Management from Golden Gate University, July 1996. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia in Electrical Engineering, May 1992. She is Level III certified in program management, engineering, and science and technology management. Her publications include “Network Science in Complex Systems Design: Use of Centrality in the Study of Railway Network Capacity” (2018), “Graph theoretical analysis of network centric operations using multi-layer models” (2006), and “A Chance to Alpha-Innovate in Program Management” (2014).