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Michael A. Kirby
Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (Business Transformation)
US Army

Mr. Mike Kirby joined Secretary Francis Harvey's management team at HQDA on the 10th of June 2005 and will be serving as the Executive Director, Institutional Army Transformation. He will be responsible for implementing Secretary Harvey's business transformation initiatives. These include the efforts already launched by MG Ross Thompson which include the training of senior leaders in the management skills of designing and implementing lean six sigma management programs. He will also be responsible for implementing the Secretary's game plan for creating efficiencies throughout the Institutional Army.

Mr. Kirby arrives from Northrop Grumman where he was Business Development Deputy of Mission Systems, a $4B sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation focused primarily on complex systems integration for defense and intelligence customers. He led the resource allocation process for bidding and development funds and managed company-wide business development initiatives. Additionally, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Army Science Board.

Mr. Kirby joined Northrop Grumman through the TRW acquisition and joined TRW through the acquisition of BDM. At both TRW and BDM, Mr. Kirby organized, staffed, created and merged business development structures and processes. At BDM, he also had responsibilities in line management, software development, and process engineering for a variety of federal, civil and commercial clients in the test and evaluation, logistics, and command, control and intelligence markets.

Prior to joining BDM, Mr. Kirby served as a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army. His last assignments included tours as the Executive Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and as the leader of the Ground Maneuver Joint Warfighting Capability Assessment for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, JS.

He received a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Degrees and certifications

  • BS - Engineering - U.S. Military Academy, West Point, United States
  • MS - National Security Strategy - National War College, United States
  • MBA - Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, United States

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