Karen Melton

Freelance Technical Project Manager & Project Manager

Location:Manassas, Virginia, United States
2 Skills
I am a veteran of the United States Air Force who has performed a wide range of duties as they pertain to acquisitions, statistics, management and operations research, specifically, performing a broad variety of functions necessary for the daily administration and operation of a Program Office. I have a B.A. in Mathematical Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Project Management, and industry certifications in Project Management (PMP) and Six Sigma (SSGB). I also have Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certifications in the following three areas: Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Life-Cycle Logistics. As an active duty officer of the United States Air Force, I served as the Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for the Mission Planning Branch, responsible for the technical, financial, schedule, and staffing management of ACAT Level ID software-intensive programs in excess of $400 million dollars. For this position, I was responsible for the review and evaluation of multi-million dollar proposals serving on two multi-million dollar source selections.

During my years of DoD acquisitions and program management experience, I have also been responsible for the drafting requests for proposals on behalf of the federal government, and responsible for proposal evaluations ensuring compliance with government requirements. As a Defense Acquisitions Subject-Matter-Expert (SME) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, I was responsible for a portfolio of 55 Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs), each in excess of $365 million dollars (RDT&E), requiring ensuring the programs follow Service-specific policy, Department of Defense regulatory requirements, and Title 10 United Stated Code (USC) statutory requirements. Furthermore, my professional experience has required direct communications with personnel throughout various levels--entry, technical, professional, SES, General, and Congressional.

My educational background in conjunction with my experience provides me with solid leadership, compassion, defense acquisitions and consulting experience, the ability to perform in dynamic environments with minimal to no supervision, and program management skills transferable to any industry.