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Robert F Mortlock

Professor of the Practice
Acquisition Management

Phone: (831) 656-2672

Overview

Professor of the Practice in GSDM at NPS for Defense Acquisition and Program Management; Retired Army Colonel with 15+ years as an Acquisition Professional in a variety of DoD programs; Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, MBA, and Professional Engineer
Education
  • MBA - Webster University 2003
  • PhD - University of California-Berkeley 1992
  • BS - Lehigh University 1988
NPS Experience
  • 2022 - current: Assistant Chair, DDM, Acquisition/Program Management
  • 2021 - current: Academic Associate, 816 Systems Acquisition Management and 836 MSPM
  • 2019 - current: Professor of the Practice
  • 2019 - current: Principal Investigator, Acquisition Research Program
  • 2022 - 2023: Vice Provost for Academic Leadership (Acting)
  • 2015 - 2019: Lecturer
Other Experience
  • 2012 - 2015 Program Manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment / Colonel U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Soldier, U.S. Army
  • 2011 - 2012 Deputy Director, Investment Directorate, Army Budget Office / COL U.S. Army, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller
  • 2009 - 2010 Product Manager, Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) / Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Integration, U.S. Army
  • 2007 - 2009 Product Manager, Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV), Medical Vehicle (MV), and Field Recovery and Maintenance Vehicle (FRMV),, Future Combat System (FCS) Office, U.S. Army
  • 2005 - 2007 Product Manager – Networks, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Project Office, Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, U.S. Army
  • 2005 - 2005 Assistant Product Manager , Rapid Equipping Force and Joint Improvised Explosive Device – Defeat Task Force, U.S. Army
  • 2003 - 2005 Assistant Program Manager – Joint Common Missile Project Office, Program Executive Office Tactical Missiles, U.S. Army
  • 2000 - 2002 Program Director, Joint Program Office for Biological Defense, U.S. Army
  • 1997 - 2000 Assistant Professor – Department of Chemistry, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Research Interests
Acquisition Reform (rapid, streamlining)
Acquisition Program Case Studies
Business Case Analysis
Leading Change / Building Coalitions / Stakeholder Management and Engagement
Teaching Interests
Defense Systems Acquisition Management; Project Management; Test & Evaluation Management; System Planning, Research, Development and Engineering; Production and Quality Management; Manufacturing

Awards

  • 2022 - Writing Award - ALTie Award - First Runner Up, Army AL&T magazine
  • 2021 - Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, NPS
  • 2020 - THE JACQUES S. GANSLER RESEARCH AWARD, Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association
  • 2019 - Research Excellence Award, Graduate School of Defense Management
  • 2018 - Teaching Case Study Competition, Project Management Institute
  • 2015 - Military Awards, U.S. Army
  • 1993 - U.S. Army Training, U.S. Army

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2017 Project Management Institute
  • 2011 International College of the Armed Forces Alumni Association
  • 2000 Army Acquisition Corps
Licensures and Certifications
  • 2019 Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • 2018 Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • 2011 Senior Acquisition Course Graduate, International College of the Armed Forces
  • 2006 Certified Master of Business Administration, International Certification Instititue
  • 2005 Level III in Program Managment , Department of the Army Acquisition Corps / Defense Acquistion University
  • 2005 Level III in Test and Evaluation, Department of the Army Acquisition Corps / Defense Acquistion University
  • 2005 Level III in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, Department of the Army Acquisition Corps / Defense Acquistion University
  • 2005 Certified Member of Army Acquistion Corps Profession , Army Acquisition Corps
  • 2004 Level II Science Technology Manager, Army Acquisition Corps
  • 2003 Uniformed Army Science and Engineer Program, Department of the Army / Army Acquisition Corps
  • 2000 Professional Engineer, The University of the State of New York

Scholarly Work

Publications
  • Research Reports
  • Tick, S. L., Nissen, M. E., Rendon, R. G., & Mortlock, R. F, (2022). Preparing Engineering Duty Officers for Major Command Assigsments.
Presentations
  • Keynotes/Plenary Addresses
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Coordinator/Organizer), 18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Army Acquisition Modernization," NPS, Virual Event, CA. (May 12, 2021).
  • Oral Presentations
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Government Contract Management Symposium, "Immersive Workshop: Camouflage Conflict: An Exercise in Strategic Problem Solving," National Contract Management Association, In Person workshop, MD, United States. (December 5, 2022).
  • Mortlock, R. F., Acquisition Leader Professional Development, "Defense Acquisition Case Study," Naval Surface Warfare Center – Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), On-line. (March 24, 2022).
  • Mortlock, R. F., Rapid Acquisition Workshop, "Rapid Acquisition Case Study," NWSI and ARP, CA, United States. (February 2, 2022).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development Session, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," JPEO A&A, Picatinny NJ, NJ. (March 2, 2021).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development Session, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," PEO IEW&S, MD. (February 23, 2021).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development Session, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," PEO GCS, MI. (February 25, 2020).
  • Mortlock, R. F., 15th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Innovations in Test & Evaluation," Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (May 9, 2018).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development Session, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, PEO STRI, FL, United States. (March 7, 2019).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," Program Executive Office Simulation Training and Instrumentation, FL. (March 10, 2020).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, PEO EIS, VA. (February 27, 2019).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), Acquisition Workforce Professional Development, "Defense Acquisition Case Studies," Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, PEO GCS Conference Room, MI. (February 5, 2019).
  • Symposium Paper and Presentations
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), 19th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Defense Industrial Base Analysis: Body Armor," Naval Postgraduate School, Virtual Symposium, CA. (May 11, 2022).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), 19th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Program Management Versus Portfolio Management in Defense Acquisition," Naval Postgraduate School, Virtual Symposium, CA. (May 11, 2022).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), & Dew, N. (Author), 18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Behavioral Acquisition," NPS, Virtual Event, CA. (May 12, 2021).
  • Mortlock, R. F. (Author & Presenter), 18th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Aligning DOD Program Management Competencies with the Project Management Institute Standards," NPS, Virtual Event, CA. (May 11, 2021).
  • Mortlock, R. F., 17th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Studying the Formulation of Incremental Development Approaches," NPS, CA. (May 1, 2020).
  • Mortlock, R. F., 16th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Army's Search for a Better Uniform Camouflage Pattern – A Case Study," Naval Postgraduate School, CA. (May 8, 2019).
  • Mortlock, R. F., 15th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, "Fielding Better Combat Helmets to Deploying Warfighters," Naval Postgraduate School, CA, United States. (May 10, 2018).