Don Tison formerly served, from 2003-2016, as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, responsible for Army Programs, Force Development, Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Army Studies Management, and the Center for Army Analysis (CAA). In this capacity, he was the principal advisor to the G-8 with responsibility for providing professional advice to the G-8 on key issues to include formulating plans and programs, acquiring resources, developing communication networks, executing operations, and evaluating results. Additionally, Mr. Tison served as the Designated Federal Officer for the congressionally created National Commission on the Future of the Army. Mr. Tison served as the Department of the Army Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO), from March 2009-2010, with the overarching responsibilities for establishing the Office of Business transformation, governing Army enterprise business transformation efforts and collaborating Joint enterprise efforts within the Department of Defense. In addition, he served for over two years as the Chairman, Headquarters and Support Activities Joint Cross Service Group, Base Realignment and Closure 2005 and was the Executive Director of the Army’s Business Initiative Council form January 2003 through April 2004.
Prior, Don Tison served as the Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate (PAED) from January 2001 to January 2003. He was responsible for Army planning, programming, and budgeting matters. As the senior civilian in PAED, he was responsible for a broad range of independent and unique duties that reveled around the Army program development in support of the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP).
Prior to his career as a DoD civilian, Mr. Tison served in the Navy Supply Corps from 1975-1998 rising to the rank of Captain. Assignments included: logistics, financial, manpower, and acquisition experience including tours on submarines, tenders, cruisers, and large deck amphibious warships; Deputy Comptroller; Defense Logistics Agency; Head of the Requirements Branch; Naval Supply Systems Office of Personnel; and Business/Financial Manager, and Defense Suppression Support Program Office.
Currently Mr. Tison serves as a Senior Fellow of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare.
EDUCATION: B.S., Business Administration, The Citadel, 1975; M.B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1984; Graduate of the Industrial College of Armed Forces; Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College; Columbia University Senior Executive Program, 1997
HONORS, AWARDS, AND SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS: 2012 and 2006 Presidential Distinguished Executive Award; 2003 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award; Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2); Defense Superior Service Medal (2); Meritorious Service Medal (3)