Rear Admiral Kathleen M. DussaultSupply Corps, United States NavyDeputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy
Rear Admiral Kathleen M. DussaultRear Admiral Kathleen Dussault, received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in November 1979.She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Government.Upon graduation from Navy Supply Corps School in May 1980, she was assigned as Assistant Supply Officer and Disbursing Officer to the Navy Communications Station, Nea Makri, Greece.In October 1981, Rear Adm.Dussault was assigned as Supply Officer aboard USS Point Loma (AGDS-2), the Pacific Area Launch Support Ship for the Trident missile program. In June 1984, Rear Adm.Dussault was assigned to Defense Contract Administration Services Region (DCASR), Los Angeles.In 1986, she transitioned to duties as a negotiator and Contracting Officer at Naval Supply Center, Oakland, Calif. during which tour, she completed a Master's Degree (with honors) in Procurement Management from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. In 1990, Rear Adm.Dussault was assigned aboard USS Concord (AFS-5) as the Assistant Supply Officer where she performed two deployments contributing to the logistics success of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In October 1993, Rear Adm.Dussault reported to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) where she performed duties as Procuring Contracting Officer for the Sidewinder 9X new development program.In 1995, she served as the Business and Financial Manager for programs managed by the Space and Naval Warfare Command.In June 1997, Rear Adm.Dussault served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition Management within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition.In August 1998, she entered the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and received her Master's Degree in National Resource Strategy in May 1999.Rear Adm.Dussault reported as Supply Officer aboard USS Seatlle (AOE-3) in August 1999 where she served as Afloat Logistics Coordinator while deployed to the 5th Fleet operating area.In May 2001, she assumed command of Defense Distribution Depot San Diego, Calif. providing strategic distribution support to shore based and deployed global forces.In April 2003 she assumed command of the Office of Special Projects, Arlington, Va. Rear Adm.Dussault then served as the Director of Acquisition Management at Defense Logistics Agency, Ft Belvoir, Va. until January 2007.She is currently assigned as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Acquisition and Logistics Management. Over the course of her career, Rear Adm.Dussault has achieved the highest levels of certification in Acquisition and Financial Management as well as Joint Professional Military Education.She also completed the Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School.Her decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, and various unit citations, campaign medals and service medals.
The Pentagon quietly announced yesterday that Rear Admiral Kathleen Dussault is out as commander of Task Force 2010, a unit co-established by General David Petraeus to ensure that the military's contracting dollars in Afghanistan don't inadvertently fund corrupt businesses, warlords or insurgents.
In an interview with Danger Room shortly after arriving in Kabul in June to stand up the command, Dussault predicted that getting the military out of the thicket of unintended kickbacks to "powerbrokers" and the Taliban would require "limiting some partnerships that we're in right now, apply more controls in a number of them, and in some cases, we're going to need to walk away from some providers."
A spokesman for the NATO command in Afghanistan, Major Joel Harper, said that Dussault wasn't fired and only "planned on having the job for four months.
According to the top brass in Afghanistan, Dussault didn't under-perform.
But the task force's future operations are in question - and the Obama administration is engaging in a Hamlet-esque debate about how central anti-corruption efforts really are to the Afghanistan war.
Dussault is a two-star admiral.Her replacement is an Army one-star, Brigadier General Ross Ridge.
Their backgrounds are notably different as well.
Dussault ran the Joint Contracting Command for Iraq and Afghanistan, working for Petraeus during the troop surge in Iraq.
Dussault will return to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Navy's top officer, as Director of Supply, Ordnance and Logistics.
Tags: Agony of A-Stan, Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Hamid Karzai, Kathleen Dussault, Task Force 2010
Wouldn't you have egg on your face if you realized Dussault was filling a one-star billet as a two-star?
Hashim's ventures have drawn the attention of Multinational Forces Iraq and prompted the visit of Rear Admiral Kathleen Dussault, commander of Joint Contracting Command, Multinational Force-Iraq.
Dussault is responsible for military contracting throughout Iraq and the force behind Iraqi First, an initiative to give priority to Iraqi contractors who use Iraqi labor.
Dussault talked and listened to local Iraqi leaders and workers during the event and praised the efforts of joint efforts of all in attendance.
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