Director, Software Division
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
John A. Ellis is currently the Director for DCMA’s Software Division, responsible for the Policy, Training, and Tools used by the Agency’s software professionals in the conduct of their software surveillance activities, including the application of cybersecurity contract requirements and policies.
Mr. Ellis, a retired Army Colonel, served on active duty for more than 30 years. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in May 1985 and becoming a member of the Army Acquisition Corps in 1995, he served in a variety of assignments until his retirement 1 June 2015.
John held assignments both stateside and abroad. Mr. Ellis’ DCMA experience began as the Commander of the Future Combat Systems (FCS)/Army Modernization Programs (AMP) contract management office in St. Louis, MO and he culminated his active duty career as DCMA’s Central Region Commander.
John is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management and earned a Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems Management from AFIT and a MS in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is a graduate of the Advanced Program Management Course (APMC). Mr. Ellis is a Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in 3 disciplines: Information Technology; Program Management; and Engineering. John is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
His significant military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), and the Army Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster). As a civilian, John received DCMA’s 2019 Leadership Award.
John and his wife Gena have one child, Ursula.