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Philip Antón

Acquisition Innovation Research Center, Stevens Institute of Technology

Acquisition, Performance Management

Philip S. Antón, Ph.D.

Philip S. Antón is the Chief Scientist of the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) at the Stevens Institute of Technology. As a Pentagon interface in the between the AIRC and the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition ecosystem, he assesses the practical needs of the DOD, helps to envision and develop innovative acquisition research in the AIRC, and ensures the transition and application of AIRC results in DOD acquisition policies, guidance, practices, reports, and workforce development. Prior to this, Dr. Antón was a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation for 23 years, where he conducted research on acquisition and sustainment policy, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, technology foresight, process performance measurement and efficiency, aeronautics test infrastructure, and military modeling and simulation.

From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Antón served two Pentagon tours as the Deputy Director for Acquisition Policy Analysis, reporting directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Dr. Antón led his center in conducting strategic initiatives to measure and improve the performance of the Department of Defense’s policies, workforce, and institutions, crafting affordability policy, and bringing new analytic insights into the performance of acquisition and sustainment policies, processes, and tradecraft.

For these contributions Dr. Antón received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2017. From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Antón was the Director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center in RAND’s National Security Research Division. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Antón managed and conducted artificial intelligence research at the MITRE Corporation. Before graduate school, he worked at Hughes Aircraft and held intern positions at TRW, Rockwell, Aerojet ElectroSystems, and Scott Environmental Technology. Dr. Antón earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine, specializing in computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence. He holds a B.S. in engineering from UCLA, specializing in computer engineering.


DMI Publications:

Annual Growth of Contract Costs for Major Programs in Development and Early Production. Washington, DC : Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L), Acquisition Policy Analysis Center, March 21, 2016