A federal Senior Executive Service member originally detailed to the Commission from the Department of State, Bob Dickson served initially as chief of staff and then executive director. He reports directly to the Commission Co-Chairs and leads a staff of 50 professional and technical personnel.
Bob has also served as senior advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Management; executive director, Bureau of Administration; and director of acquisitions for the Department of State. He earned the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Secretary of State Career Achievement Award, and the Department of State’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, among other recognitions.
Earlier he served as deputy commander, Defense Contract Administration Service Management Area, Philadelphia, PA; and chief, contract administration, DCAS Residency, IBM Federal Systems Division, Manassas, VA. He also served in contracting assignments with the Naval Research Laboratory and the Army Electronics Command in Philadelphia, PA, and Fort Monmouth, N.J.
His private-sector experience includes serving as senior vice president for strategic initiatives for Apptis Inc., as vice president for client relations for Acquisition Solutions Inc., and as an executive consultant.
A United States Army veteran of enlisted service in Vietnam and Germany, Bob attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the Field Artillery. He spent 30 years in the Army’s active reserve, retiring as a colonel. His assignments included senior civil-affairs liaison to the U.S. Central Command, assistant chief of staff—operations, and finally as deputy commander, 352nd Civil Affairs Command. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, and six Army Commendation Medals.
Certified Professional Contract Manager. Fellow, National Contract Management Association.
BA, political science, Rutgers University; MBA, Marymount University; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1988. Foreign Service Institute Senior Seminar 1994-1995.