Thomas Cundiff

Deputy Director

Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics

Mr. Cundiff is the Deputy Director for Comparative Technology in the Research & Engineering organization, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics. Dan is responsible for several initiatives within Research and Engineering. In the Rapid Fielding office, he oversees the Department’s Foreign Comparative Testing and Defense Acquisition Challenge Programs - - working with the Military Services and U.S. Special Operations Command to accelerate test and procurement of mature, foreign and domestic technology into U.S. weapon systems. In 2011, Dan accepted execution for the Department’s response to the Rapid Innovation Program, an initiative that accelerates innovative technologies developed by small businesses into defense applications. Also within the Research office, Dan assumed ownership for the Department’s Technology Transfer Program, targeting cooperative ventures between federal labs, private industry, universities, and the federal agencies. Mr. Cundiff’s career represents over thirty years of investment by the Department in acquisition - - including science and technology, affordability, manufacturing, combating terrorism, biometrics, production management, competitive prototyping, contract administration, and logistics supportability. Prior to his federal career, Mr. Cundiff spent five years in the textile industry in southern VA. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in Management from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Business & Contracts from the Florida Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. His passions include family, trekking across Civil War battlefields, and life-long learning. Dan and his wife Susan reside in Springfield, VA.

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