John D. Lillard PMP, CSEP, CEA


John D. Lillard is a freelance consultant providing technology and organizational transformation advice, training and mentoring to engineering and technology organizations.

John has a passion for helping organizations define and implement their strategic vision.

John is a results driven leader in enterprise information technology with 25 years of experience delivering solutions to unprecedented challenges faced by government, corporate and defense organizations.

Prior to stepping out on his own in 2017, John served in technology leadership roles for the United States Navy, Ultrak Corporation and Security Instrument Corporation.

John holds a MS from the Naval Post Graduate School, a BS from American Military University and an AAS from Delaware Technical College.

He also holds the following professional certifications:
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP),
Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP),
Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA)

John lives in Charleston South Caroline USA where he and his wife enjoy spending free time cooking, gardening, restoring furniture and bragging about their children.

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John D. Lillard PMP, CSEP, CEA


Results driven leader in enterprise information technology.  Accomplished manager with 25 years of experience delivering solutions to unprecedented challenges faced by government, corporate and defense

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP),
  • Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP),
  • Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA)


Chief Enterprise Architect

March 2012 – To October 2017

Department of the Navy, Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems  Command

  • Chief Architect for the Navy’s Information Dominance Enterprise Architecture (IDEA). IDEA is the Navy’s road-map to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its $ 8 Billion annual investment in information
    technology. Architecture created a services orientation by which IT  requirements and programs could be managed in a solutions agnostic structure
  • Developed the Navy’s Enterprise Data Center Architecture that defined the converged set of government and commercial cloud providers required to support the Navy’s mission while achieving $ 2 Billion in savings
  • Developed the Navy’s Cloud Computing Strategy that defines the steps required to transition its applications to secure and reliable cloud hosting
  • Utilized the Data Center Architecture and Cloud Strategy to provide decision information to Navy senior leadership during implementation data center consolidation and cloud implementation
  • Chaired an industry advisory panel on data center and cloud technologies. Panel representation included EMC, Microsoft, IBM, NetApp, VMware and HP
  • Led the development of the Navy’s strategy to adopt the DOD Joint  Information Environment (JIE). JIE provides seamless network transport between all DOD agencies while improving the overall security posture
    within and between these agencies
  • Developed the SPAWAR Enterprise Architecture Data Model enabling a federated construct for integrating the architecture data associated its portfolio of hundreds of discrete programs. The ability to integrate the
    engineering data from disparate programs is critical to execution of the Navy’s enterprise architecture
  • Chaired the SPAWAR Systems Center data working group. Working group  was chartered to create the command data strategy and then manage the command’s data assets according to the strategy

Enterprise Architectures and Requirements Competency Lead

April 2011 – to  March 2014

Department of the Navy, Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center

  •  Supervised government workforce of 80 engineers and architects
  • Supported the SPAWAR Chief Engineer in development and execution of his strategy to transform his organization of 5000 engineers and scientists to a mindset in which all projects are planned, developed and sustained within a system of systems construct. This change in the SPAWAR Engineering organization, workforce and business operations provided SPAWAR the ability to develop and implement its enterprise architecture
  • Established and implemented Enterprise / System of System Engineering  processes and techniques utilized by Systems Center’s government workforce of 3,500 engineers and architects.
  • Led workforce development efforts for all employees involved in the enterprise and system of systems engineering practices
  • Developed internal training programs to satisfy requirements unique to
  • Defined project deliverables and skill sets required by Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) and then allocated government and contractor resources to IPTs based on understood requirements. Budget authority of the Systems  Center exceeded $ 5 Billion per year
  • Forecasted demand for government and contractor knowledge, skills and abilities then recruited and developed government workforce based on forecasts

Program Manager:

January 2001 – To April 2011 

Department of the Navy, Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center

  • Managed multiple programs that delivered Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Management solutions to U.S. Government agencies. Program’s average budget authority of $ 50 million per year
  • Developed program budgets and execution plans
  • Developed OMB and Congressional Budget artifacts for supported programs
  • Managed program expenditures and resources
  • Led all systems engineering activities for projects within the program
  • Directly led the planning, design and development of:
    • Homeland Security Operations Center for the Department of Homeland
      Security (DHS),
    • Transportation Security Operations Center and Air Marshals Operation
      Center for the DHS,
    • US Mint Enterprise Security Systems Architecture,
    • United States Secret Service security and access control projects, and
    • projects for the Navy Anti-terrorism, Force Protection (ATFP) Program.

Applications Engineer:

February 1998 – To January 2001 

Ultrak Corporation

  • Sales Engineer for Electronic Security Products Vendor
  • Guided dealers and end users on system capabilities and configurations
  • Documented end user functional requirements
  • Communicated user requirements to product managers and developers
  • Developed project equipment schedules and cost estimates
  • Managed user acceptance testing for new features and configurations
  • Developed data conversion and system transition plans
  • Managed dealer and end user customer relationship
  • Managed product development from concept to final acceptance


International Council on Systems Engineering – Charleston Chapter

  • 2018 Chapter Board of Directors: Past President
  • 2017 Chapter President
  • 2016 Chapter Vice President
  • 2015 At large member of the Chapter Board of Directors

Capability Assurance Institute

  • Sr Fellow for Enterprise and System of Systems Engineering


Naval Post Graduate School – Monterey CA – MS Systems Engineering  Management
September 2016
Leadership in Product Development for the 21st Century
Curriculum developed and managed by the Massachusetts Institute of
Elective Concentration: Systems Analysis

American Military University – BS Information Technology Management
April 2012
Graduated with Honors

Old Dominion University – Certificate in System of Systems Engineering
July 2012

Delaware Technical and Community College– AAS Electronics and Electrical
Engineering Technology
June 1986

Skills & Abilities

▪ Business and mission needs analysis
▪ Business process engineering and improvement
▪ Information and data strategy
▪ Mission and workflow simulation
▪ Model Based Systems Engineering
▪ Project & portfolio planning and management
▪ Requirements engineering and stakeholder management
▪ Communicating technical concepts to nontechnical individuals
▪ Identification and prioritization of decisional criteria for leadership
▪ Translating business needs into system requirements
▪ Integrating across multiple technical and non-technical stakeholders

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