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Defense Manufacturing Technology Champion Award

The ManTech Champion Award was created in 2011 to recognize and honor individuals in government or the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the DoD Manufacturing Technology program.

The award's name derives from a keynote speaker at DMC several years ago, Ms. Sue Peyton, then the DUSD for Advanced Systems & Concepts, who started her remarks with "I am the Champion of ManTech." She was indeed our first OSD Champion, and remained a Champion of ManTech throughout her career. Ms. Peyton was presented with the inagural ManTech Champion Award in 2011, and we carry on the tradition in honor and appreciation of all who champion our cause.

The award is presented by the JDMTP on behalf of all of the ManTech programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, DLA, MDA and OSD. Any individual who is a ‘champion’ of manufacturing technology is eligible to receive this award – someone who understands and supports the powerful impact of manufacturing technology on increasing warfighter capability, reducing cost, and improving performance. This individual is an ardent supporter and defender of the need to stay at the forefront of defense-essential manufacturing capability. With their support, they strive to ensure that our Nation’s warfighters are the beneficiaries of the best technology that industry can provide, and that we as a Department provide those technologies quickly and affordably.

The JDMTP is proud to annouce 2015's Champion award winner, Dr. Mike McGrath!

McGrath wins Champion Award
Dr. Mike McGrath, above, is presented with the 3rd ManTech Champion award by
Adele Ratcliff, Director of ManTech (MIBP).

Dr. Michael F. McGrath is the former Vice President at Analytic Services Inc. (ANSER), and has been a critical piece of the manufacturing and acquisition community for most of his career. He started in weapon system logistics planning and management at Naval Air Systems Command in the 1970s, moved into acquisition policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, and then into technology management positions.In his 28-year civil service career, Dr. McGrath's has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, as a Senior Executive Service member as Director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Continuous Acquisition and Life-cycle Support Office, as an Assistant Director for Manufacturing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Defense Sciences Office, and as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Dual Use and Commercial Programs). In all of these positions, Dr. McGrath's commitment and dedicated service to the Defense Manufacturing Technology Program and Community makes him a true ManTech Champion!