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Michael J. Sullivan

Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions

Areas of Expertise:

  • Air Force, Army, and Naval aviation acquisition programs
  • Acquisition best practices

Michael J. Sullivan is a Director in GAO’s Contracting and National Security Acquisitions team. He oversees GAO’s reviews of the Joint Strike Fighter and directs a body of work examining how the Department of Defense can apply best practices to the nation’s largest and most technically advanced weapon systems acquisitions. This work has spanned a broad range of issues critical to the successful delivery of systems, including technology development; product development; transition to production; software development; program management; requirement-setting; cost estimating; and strategic portfolio management.

Mike has been with GAO for 33 years. During that time he has directed reviews of several major weapon system acquisitions, such as the F-22 and Global Hawk. He has also directed GAO’s annual assessments of DOD’s major weapon systems programs, and worked with Congress in establishing acquisition policy reforms.

Mike earned a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University.

Mike works in GAO’s Dayton Field Office.


GAO's Quick Look of DOD weapon acquisitions
Annual "Quick Look" Assessment of Weapon Programs
Reviewing DOD's Portfolio of Major Weapon Programs
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Reliability and Modernization