Margaret Myers is the Director of the Information Technology and Systems Division of the Systems and Analyses Center — a post she assumed in May 2009. She leads IDA researchers who address cyberspace challenges of national and global importance, drawing from their broad understanding of related operations and business, technology and systems, and policy and law.
From 2000 to 2008, Margaret was Principal Director for the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to that assignment, she served as Director of Information Technology Acquisition and Investment for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I). From June 1997 through June 1998, she acted as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3I Acquisition.
Margaret’s government service also included technical leadership positions with the U. S. Army Operational Evaluation Command and the U. S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1992. Margaret served on active duty in the U. S. Army from 1975 to 1978, continued her service in the Army Reserve on the staff of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research, and retired in 2005 in the rank of colonel.
She earned a doctorate in information technology from George Mason University (GMU); a master’s degree in operations research from American University; and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Colorado College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Colorado College. Margaret has published papers in numerous refereed journals related to acquisition, simulation, computer measurement, and software engineering. She is a member of the GMU College of Engineering and Computing Dean’s Advisory Board and the GMU Foundation Board. Margaret received the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award (2004), a Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive (2004) and two Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Executive (2002, 2007).