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  Dr. Margaret E. Myers, Ph.D. 


Margaret MyersDirector, Information Technology and Systems Division
Institute for Defense Analyses

Dr. Margaret Myers is the Director of IDA’s Information Technology and Systems Division – a post she assumed in May 2009. She leads more than 60 IDA researchers who help the Defense enterprise achieve an information advantage for its people and mission partners as it engages in cyberspace.

From 2000-2008, Dr. Myers served as Principal Director for the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to that assignment, she served as Director of Information Technology Acquisition and Investment for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I). From June 1997 through June 1998, she additionally acted as Deputy Assistant  ecretary of Defense for C3I Acquisition.

Her government service has also included technical leadership positions with the U. S. Army Operational Evaluation Command and the U. S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1992.

Dr. Myers served on active duty in the U. S. Army from 1975-1978. Continuing service in the Army Reserve, she was assigned to the staff of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research and retired in 2005 in the rank of colonel.

She earned a doctorate in information technology from George Mason University; a master of science in operations research from American University in Washington, D. C.; and a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematics from Colorado College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Myers has published papers in numerous refereed journals related to acquisition, simulation, computer measurement, and software engineering. She served as an ex officio member of the National Defense University Board of Visitors, is a member of the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Advisory Board, and chairs the board of the Association for Enterprise Information.  A recipient of the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award, she has also been recognized with three Presidential Rank Awards – one at the Distinguished Executive level and two as Meritorious Executive.

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