Dave Waldron is the business manager for the Contracting Service Department at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is responsible for the department’s budget, human resources, training, leadership development program and space-related activities. Dave served over 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an armor and finance officer, retiring as a Colonel. His final assignment was in the Pentagon, serving as a senior Congressional liaison for the $716 billion DoD budget and associated appropriations matters for the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Dave was a lead armor company commander with the 3rd Infantry Division during the 2003 liberation of Iraq where he earned the Silver Star and Purple Heart for defeating elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard. He served as a chief financial officer for classified programs within the US Army Special Operations Command and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division where he deployed in 2014 to Liberia as part of the US Government’s response to the West Africa Ebola crisis. He also serves as a board member for the Unit Scholarship Fund, a non-profit that provides merit based scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities to the families of special operations unit members. He also is a member of the U.S. Military Academy’s admissions field force which mentors’ cadet candidates through the West Point admissions process. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Science in Leader Development from Long Island University and Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts with his wife and twins.