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Supply Management, Contract Management, and Project Management


Dr. Rene G. Rendon is an Associate Professor at the United States Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches in the MBA and Master of Science programs in acquisition and contract management. In addition to teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School, Rene has conducted research on acquisition and contract management for the Department of Defense and has taught acquisition and contract management courses to international military and civilian officials.

Prior to his appointment at the Naval Postgraduate School, he served over 22 years as an acquisition and contracting officer in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. His Air Force career included assignments as a warranted contracting officer for the Peacekeeper ICBM, Maverick Missile, C-20 (Gulfstream IV), and the F-22 Raptor.  He was also a contracting squadron commander for an Air Force pilot training base and the director of contracting for the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared satellite system, and the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle rocket program.

Rene has earned bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in business administration and has taught contract management courses for the UCLA Government Contracts program. He was also a senior faculty member for the Keller Graduate School of Management where he taught MBA courses in project management and contract management. He is a graduate of the U. S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and the Department of Defense Systems Management College.Rene is Level III certified in both Program Management and Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) program. He is also a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has received the prestigious NCMA Fellow Award, and he was recognized with the United States Air Force Outstanding Officer in Contracting Award. He has also received the NCMA National Education Award, the NCMA Outstanding Fellow Award, NCMA Award for Most Outstanding Article in Contract Management, NCMA Award for Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing, and the Naval Postgraduate School Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award.


School of Business and Public Policy
Associate Professor


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