Michael W. Wynne was sworn in Tuesday, July 17, 2001, as deputy under secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology (DUSD (AT&L)). He also serves as the principal deputy to the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.
As the DUSD (A&T), Wynne serves as the principal staff advisor to the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing policies and procedures governing the DoD acquisition system and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and DoD regulations relating to small and disadvantaged business utilization. He is also responsible for improving and strengthening DoD component technology access and development programs, and encouraging open market competition to increase military capabilities at lower cost with streamlined fielding times. Additionally, he is responsible for development of agreements with friendly and allied nations and international organizations relating to acquisition matters. He brings to this position more than 35 years of experience in the defense matters.
Most recently, Wynne has been involved in venture capital nurturing small technology companies through their start-up phase as a member of the NextGenFund Executive Committee and serving in executive positions within two companies.
In 1999, Wynne retired as senior vice president from General Dynamics, where his role was in international development and strategy. He spent 23 years with General Dynamics in various senior positions with aircraft (F-16), main battle tanks (M1A2), and space launch vehicles (Atlas and Centaur).
Wynne also spent three years with Lockheed Martin, having sold the Space Systems Division to then Martin Marietta. He successfully integrated the division into the Astronautics Company and became the general manager of the Space Launch Systems segment, combining the Titan with the Atlas Launch vehicles.
Prior to joining industry, Wynne served in the Air Force for seven years, leaving active duty as a captain and assistant professor of astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado teaching control theory and fire control techniques. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Wynne holds a master's in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a master's in business from the University of Colorado, and has attended short courses at in business Northwestern University and Harvard Business School. He is a fellow in the National Contracts Management Association, and has been a past president of the Association of the United States Army, Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Chapter of the American Defense Preparedness Association. He has published numerous professional journal articles relating to engineering, cost estimating and contracting.