George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Leadership & Staff

Jerry McGinn 5 x 7 hiresJohn G. McGinn, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Center for Government Contracting

Email: jmcginn5@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-4156
Office: Buchanan Hall D009
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Dr. Jerry McGinn is the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU). In this role, he has established and is leading the first-of-its-kind university center for research, education and training, and collaboration on issues facing the $500B+ government contracting industry.

Jerry is also a trusted strategic advisor sought after for his expertise in U.S. industrial policy, supply chain, the Defense Production Act (DPA), industrial security, export control, foreign military sales, and industrial base policies and he currently serves on the Economic Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Prior to joining GMU, Jerry served as the senior career official in the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense, leading efforts to analyze the capabilities and overall health of the defense industrial base, including the Presidentially-directed 2017-2018 interagency review of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and DPA activities under Titles I, III, and VII. He also directed hundreds of reviews of high-profile mergers and acquisitions as well as transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Previous to DoD, Dr. McGinn spent a decade in senior defense industry roles at McGinn Defense Consulting LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP, QinetiQ North America, and Northrop Grumman. Before industry, Dr. McGinn served in DoD as Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Undersecretary (Policy) and as a political scientist at RAND.

Dr. McGinn is also a widely acclaimed thought leader, author, and sought-after speaker. He has published numerous influential RAND monographs and articles in The Hill, Business Insider, Defense News, Defense One, Washington Technology, War on the Rocks, and Joint Force Quarterly. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress and the UK House of Commons and he is regularly interviewed and cited in outlets such as USA Today, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Government Matters, The National Journal, Defense and Aerospace Report, Federal News Network, and Time. He has led advisory studies for and held leadership roles in the NATO Industrial Advisory Group, the Defense Science Board, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Professional Services Council.

Dr. McGinn was commissioned into the U.S. Army and served with distinction as an infantry officer and is a graduate of Ranger and Airborne Schools. He has received numerous civilian and military awards and has earned a Ph.D., M.S., and M.A. from Georgetown University as well as a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.

charles dolgasCharles Dolgas
Associate Director
Center for Government Contracting

Email: cdolgas@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-1638
Office: Buchanan Hall D009

As Associate Director of the Government Contracting Program, Charlie is responsible for strategic planning in coordination with the Center's Executive Director and the Government Contracting Advisory Board. He is responsible for execution of all aspects of program operations including marketing and communications, finance, fundraising, and outreach. He is actively engaged at making connections and partnerships with other government contracting centers of excellence who share common interests.

Starting as an Initiative in 2015, becoming a Center in the School of Business in Fall 2018, program activities have established a strong foundation through its inaugural Government Contracting Conference, an Industry Discussion Series, and the creation of a GovCon case study program for school faculty. Additional highlights of the 2019 program year included the appointment of Senior Fellows, a GovCon White Paper Series, and a Minor in Government Contracting.

Charlie was present at the creation of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy with the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. From 1982 to 2015, he ran the day-to-day operations of the department as it built capacity through grants, research and publications. Case writing and teaching is an area of expertise developed while working at Georgetown. He created a Case Study Center in International Affairs, the largest of its kind in the United States, to share case method instruction with faculty and students. The case method is an active learning technique for use in the classroom.

He has a strong background in institution-building in a soft-funded environment, and the soft-skills needed to develop a professional a staff and to work with a diverse group of internal and external practitioners. 

Stephanie HalcrowStephanie Halcrow
Senior Fellow
Center for Government Contracting

Stephanie Halcrow is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Government Contracting at the School of Business at George Mason University. She recently served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) where she led efforts to develop, position, and implement the HASC Ranking Member’s reform strategies into tangible legislative solutions, garner bipartisan and bicameral support as well as solicit industry and federal government input. Stephanie brings to the Center for Government Contracting her keen ability to align priorities and resources across an organization to champion policies to improve manufacturing, sustainment, supply chain security, workforce, procurement, and financial audit activities. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for Defense Industrial Base Health and Resiliency at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as well as an external advisor to the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) as a member of the Acquisition Innovation Panel. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in computer science and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.

James HasikJames Hasik
Senior Fellow
Center for Government Contracting

James Hasik is a senior research fellow at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University. His research interests include business-to-government marketing, the political economy of intellectual property, pricing strategies in procurement competitions, and industial structure in defense contracting. He also studies the politics of military organization and the influence of new technologies on global security.

Dr. Hasik is the author or co-author of three books: Securing the MRAP: Lessons in Marketing and Military Procurement (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming); Arms and Innovation: Entrepreneurship and Alliances in the Twenty-First Century Defense Industry (University of Chicago Press, 2008); Precision Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfighting (Naval Institute Press, 2002). He has authored a further five book chapters. His research has also been published in RUSI Journal, Defense and Security Analysis, Joint Force Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Contemporary Security Policy, Defense Acquisition Research Journal, and Proceedings of the US Naval Institute.

James is also an executive-in-residence at Renaissance Strategy Advisors in Arlington, Virginia; and a non-resident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Previously Dr. Hasik worked as senior consultant at Booz & Company, a senior defense consultant at Charles River Associates, a procurement consultant at IBM, a logistician at Accenture, and a weapon systems analyst at ANSER. He began his career as a shipboard officer in the US Navy.

Dr. Hasik earned his BA in history and physics at Duke University, his MBA in business economics at the University of Chicago, and his PhD in public policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Eric LofgrenEric Lofgren
Senior Fellow
Center for Government Contracting

Eric Lofgren is a Research Fellow at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU) where he performs research writes and leads initiatives on business, policy, regulatory, and other issues in government contracting. He manages the daily blog Acquisition Talk and produces a podcast with the same name where he speaks with leading experts in the field.

Lofgren was an Emergent Ventures Fellow at Mason’s Mercatus Center. Prior to joining Mason, he was a senior analyst at Technomics, Inc., supporting the Defense Department’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. There, he participated in dozens of major defense program cost estimates, led policy development the Contractor Cost Data Reporting system, supported economic studies such as for the Space Industrial Base, Better Buying Power, and uses of inflation and escalation. He has also supported government analyses for the Government Accountability Office, NAVSEA, Canada Public Works, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Cost and Economics).

Mr. Lofgren is an expert in cost estimation and defense contract business data. He has won five best paper awards at the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association including best paper overall. During his time at George Mason, he has written five reports on the federal contracting data and policies related to the COVID-19 response, a Naval Postgraduate School symposium paper on acquisition reform, and a book manuscript on the history of weapon systems acquisition. He has appeared on Government Matters three times and published several articles in Defense News and the Federal Times.

Lofgren earned his BA in history and economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his MA in economics from George Mason.

Steven Lee AcadHeadshot MedSteven Lee
Affiliate Faculty
Center for Government Contracting

Email: slee306@GMU.EDU

Steven is an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University. He is a trusted advisor to US Federal Government and academia, providing expertise in applications of analytics and enterprise data strategies to tackle large-scale challenges across domains that include healthcare, logistics, finance, sustainability, education, and government acquisition. In addition to leading several flagship efforts in Defense Analytics and serving as an expert on rapid development of solutions for the Public and Social Sector practices of major consulting firms, he was also the founder and CEO of Rotunda Solutions, an advanced technology firm that is responsible for dozens of critical systems throughout high-visibility US Federal programs and innovation groups. His tenure there as the Director of Research and Analytics also led to key engagements on technology legislation and policy, including consulting for government and industry on Federal AI Standards, Cybersecurity Risks, Federal AI Ethics Frameworks, GDPR, Evidence-Based Policymaking, Equitable Access to Information, Ethics Compliance, and Independent Audit of AI Systems. Mr. Lee has a M.S. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Throughout his career, Steven has served in trusted advisory roles for high visibility Federal entities, key innovation initiatives, and senior Defense executives, where his work paved the way for enactment of rigorous data standards, evidence-driven decisions, and the design and launch of major analytics platforms with impacts across the services and the Fourth Estate. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, contributing author on policy initiatives for data and artificial intelligence, and advisor to Federal analytics training initiatives. His research focuses on decision intelligence, measurable pathways to organizational modernization, and Responsible AI, with primary investigative interests in the complex dynamics and kinetics of information dispersal and consumption, as well as the risks and resilience of AI in critical contexts. As an advocate of treating knowledge as a vital resource, he is active in international outreach to emerging economies through partnerships with the US Congressional Millenium Challenge Corporation, focused on empowerment of the global community through a shared understanding of technology. Recently, he has been involved in launching three non-profit entities, using data to combat health crises and to empower economic development domestically and on the continent of Africa.

Alison Langford photoAlison Langford
Administrative Associate
Center for Government Contracting

Email: ALangfor@gmu.edu  
Phone: 703-993-6489
Office: Buchanan Hall D009               

Alison Langford is an administrative associate at the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU) where she schedules appointments, blogs, tweets, helps create the monthly update, update the website, and generally helps keep the office running smoothly. 

Alison was a dental office manager for many years before she joined the Center for Government Contracting. She graduated from George Mason University with a BA in English.