David J. Dawson
Associate Director for Small Business Programs
United States Marine Corps
Marine Corps Systems Command
Mr. Dave Dawson has served as a civilian employee with the Federal Government for nearly twenty-three years. Mr. Dawson began his career as a Contract Specialist Intern with the Department of Navy (DON) Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) on October 19, 1992. Mr. Dawson successfully graduated the DON Contracting Intern program and progressed to the level of Senior Contract Specialist (GS-13) while at NAVSEA.
Mr. Dawson spent approximately two years with the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) Contracts Directorate assigned as the Lead Contract Specialist for Special Tooling / Special Test Equipment and the EFV Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs within the Direct Reporting Program Manager for the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (DRPM AAAV), also known as the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Program office.
From March 2005 through April 2009, Mr. Dawson served with the United States Secret Service and excelled in all of the positions that he held to include his last position as the Branch Chief and Contracting Officer for the Protective Operations and Training Acquisition Branch. His branch (team) successfully supported the 2008 Presidential Campaign, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the 56TH Presidential Inauguration.
Mr. Dawson has major weapons systems as well as performance based services acquisition experience. Mr. Dawson currently serves as the Associate Director for Small Business Programs at MARCORSYSCOM located at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.