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Daniel Joseph Finkenstadt

Assistant Professor
Department of Defense Management



LtCol Dan Finkenstadt, USAF is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Defense Management offering courses in Enterprise Sourcing. He completed his Ph.D. in Marketing from Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has over 19 years of contracting experience in operational (base level), systems center, headquarters, joint, overseas and classified environments. He is also a graduate of NPS (M.B.A., 2011).
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Perceived service quality, value, business-to-government markets, professional services (knowledge-based services), non-traditional government contractor motivations, gamification of education and training.
Teaching Interests
LtCol Finkenstadt teaches courses in Enterprise Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Acquisition, and Defense Innovation.


  • 2022 - Defense-Focused Research Excellence Award (DDM), Department of Defense Management
  • 2021 - Joint Service Warfare Award , The Military Officers Association of America