Robert L. Cross
Deputy Program Executive Officer Land Systems
Cross is assigned as the Deputy Program Executive Officer Land Systems
(DPEO-LS). PEO LS is the only Marine
Corps PEO and provides comprehensive portfolio management of all USMC ACAT I
& II programs and other smaller affiliated programs. The PEO provides leadership across the full
spectrum of acquisition disciplines for all assigned programs.
to becoming DPEO-LS he was the Acting Program Manager (PM) and Deputy PM of
Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps (GCSS-MC). GCSS-MC is a BCAT I program and the backbone
for all logistics information required by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force
(MAGTF). In this role Mr. Cross delivered critical product improvements to the
fleet while completely revamping the contracting and funding strategy to
increase program agility.
Mr. Cross served as a project officer within the Deputy Assistant Secretary of
the Navy for Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management (DASN E&LM)
wherein he led the effort to expand the role of DASN E&LM to include the
ship to shore connectors. Prior to the
DASN E&LM, he served as the Deputy Director for the Amphibious Combat
Vehicle (ACV) Study Team which reported directly to the Assistant Commandant of
the Marine Corps and the Assistant Secretary for the Navy for Research
Development and Acquisition.
to being assigned to the ACV Team, Mr. Cross served in a number of leadership
roles within Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault (PM AAA), to include
the first Product Director for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle program when it
was a new start program. As the Director
of Acquisition and Business Management of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle,
he successfully led program management recovery efforts immediately following a
Nunn-McCurdy Breach. Prior to that Mr.
Cross served as the Director of Test and Evaluation during which he oversaw the
execution of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Operational Assessment.
to moving to the Marine Corps, Mr. Cross served as a structural engineer with
the Topside Composite Branch at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare
Center. In his final assignment he
served as the lead structural engineer for the LPD-17 Advanced Enclosed
Cross is a Certified Level III Acquisition Professional in the Systems
Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) and Program Management
(PM) acquisition career fields. He has more than 27 years of civilian service,
with over 19 years in MDAP and MAIS acquisition.
Cross holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of Virginia (1991), and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from The
George Washington University (1998).