4109 Wellington Drive, Manhattan, KS 66503
Phone: 281-632-5341 (office) 785-320-0057 (mobile)
Email: mldodson@bechtel.com

Bechtel Group

Office Location: Houston, TX
Citizenship: US
Security Clearance: DoD Top Secret
Continuous Service: 10 years


Chairman, Armed Services YMCA Board of Directors
Member, National Defense Industrial Association
Member, Center for New American Security
Former Member, Mission Committee, NNSA National Laboratories


Degrees, Certificates Program Concentration
MS Kansas State University Engineering
Diploma National War College Senior Management and Strategy
Certificate Massachusetts Institute of Senior Leadership and Policy
Certificate Center for Creative Leadership Senior Leadership and Management
Diploma US Army Command and General Staff College Command and Leadership
Diploma Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course Advanced Military Studies


Chairman Oct 2013 thru Present
National Board, Armed Services YMCA
Responsible for: strategic planning and guidance for the national board, national staff; guidance and support to the branches and affiliates; fundraising; financial control; programs; communications. Moreover responsible for providing support to military personnel and their families through assessments of needs and effective and efficient use of resources.
General Manager, Bechtel Construction Sep 2013 to Present
Responsible across Bechtel worldwide for consulting; and leading and assisting in special projects; to include the formation of new entities.
President, Bechtel Equipment Operations Dec 2012 to Aug 2012
Responsible for providing heavy construction equipment and tools to Bechtel Projects worldwide. Includes fleet management (metrics, maintenance); acquisition (purchase, lease, rent); arranging financing for acquisition; providing cost efficiency to projects; disposing of equipment; transportation of equipment to and from projects; arranging agreements with nations. Includes management of personnel to management equipment worldwide.
VP, Manager of Operations, Defense and Security Nov 2006 to Nov 2012
Responsible for the execution of Bechtel National projects in the US and overseas – to include project costs and schedule, quality and safety. Projects include: Ground Based Mid Course Missile Defense in Fort Greely Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base California, in support of the Missile Defense Agency; Construction of the Shelter over the Chernobyl (Ukraine) Nuclear Reactor; Operation of the Ronald Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein and Huntsville for US Army Space and Missile Defense Command; Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) for the United Kingdom MoD in Russia; CTR for DoD (DTRA) in the FSU; Programs associated with the movement of US Marines to Guam for NavFac, Gov of Japan and Gov of Guam.
Program Director/Chief of Party (CEO) Dec 2005 to Oct 2006
Program Manager in Baghdad on the Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Program. Managed 99 separate projects for the $2.4 billion US International Agency for International Development’s Infrastructure Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Construction Program. Project employed a dozen major western contractors (Including: Parsons, GE, Siemens, ABB, Schneider, Lockheed Martin, Great Lakes, Motorola, Lucent, Honeywell, Emerson, Sprint and Cummins).and approximately 150 Iraqi contractors. Projects included EPC management of bridges, ports, airports, power plants, water plants, waste water plants, telecoms and numerous buildings. Project at peak had over 470 Iraqi employees and over 14,000 Iraqi personnel working on subcontracts. Multiple projects were underway simultaneously and were spread across Iraq. Managed coordination with US Government, coalition military and Iraqi governmental organizations – in a precarious security environment.
Deputy Chief of Party/Deputy Program Director (COO) Apr 2005 thru Dec 2005
Deployed in Baghdad Iraq in support of the Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Program, a $2.5 billion contract for USAID. Responsible for all Phase I and Phase II work. Specific responsibilities for Water Sector, Security, Liaison, and camps.
Manager of Liaison, Security and Support Services Aug 2004 thru Apr 2005
Deployed in Baghdad Iraq in support of the Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Program a $2.5 billion contract for USAID. Responsible for: Security; Liaison; management of camps; Environment, Safety and Health; Office and Administrative Services; and Communications and Technology.
Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe (COO) 2001-Jan 2004
Deputy Commanding General (COO) responsible for leading over 80,000 military and civilians (plus over 100,000 family members). Managed 239 communities across Europe. Managed a budget of $4.0b. Responsible for infrastructure development and maintenance, readiness of the force, force protection for Installations, personnel and equipment. Managed relations with national leaders in Europe and Africa. Trained and deployed 40k troops to Iraq.
Commanding General, NATO Stabilization Force (Bosnia) (CEO) 2000-2001
Commanding General (CEO) responsible for leading 31,000 military and civilians from 33 nations. Managed relations among military, diplomats, leaders of Bosnia, and numerous Non-
governmental Organizations. Introduced stability and safety, reestablished law and order, and restored infrastructure.
Deputy Commander in Chief, US Central Command (COO) 1998-2000
Deputy Commander in Chief (CEO) responsible for leading 25,000 military and civilians of all Services (200-300,000 during operations). Managed relationships with leaders of 23 nations in the Gulf and Asia. Developed infrastructure for all military services to improve capabilities for day-to-day operations and contingencies. Managed an operational budget of $170m. Directed operations of all Services to include three named combat operations.

Previous Assignments

Commanding General, Fort Riley, Kansas (CEO)
Commanding General, III Corps Artillery (Fort Sill, Oklahoma) (CEO)
Executive to Commander in Chief, Forces Command (Fort McPherson, Ga.)
Executive to Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy US Army (Pentagon).


Mission Committee, National Laboratories (Las Alamos, Livermore)
Board of Directors, Armed Services YMCA
National Defense Industrial Association
Business Executives for National Security
Homeland Security Defense Council
Center for New American Security
National Defense University; National War College
Association of US Army
Air Force Association

Board of Directors, Army and Air Force Exchange Service
Board of Directors, Department of Defense Europe Schools
Head of Contracting Agency, Europe
Head of Labor Relations, Germany
Vice President, USO Europe
Member Italy Political/Military Working Group
Member, Germany Political/Military Working Group


OPERATIONS. Directed activities of complex and diverse multinational organizations of over 80,000 people, to include war time environments. Developed infrastructure, to include buildings, roads and utilities and deployed systems to improve effectiveness, efficiency and

STRATEGIC PLANNING. Developed and deployed a strategic plan for relations with 93 countries. Instituted a multi-year plan guiding US Army objectives in Europe

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. Developed and deployed a system of financial controls for an 80,000 person organization.

MANAGEMENT. Developed guidance and metrics for measurement and goals. Provided $400m in efficiencies from a budget of $4.0b (payroll $710m, contracting $2.7b and construction

TRAINING. Developed and executed programs of individual and group training for over 80,000 people. Included goal setting, counseling, hands on training and examination and evaluation. Increased and sustained training and performance levels well above requirement.

CUSTOMER RELATIONS. Developed a system for continuous assessment of customer satisfaction. This system established standards (expectation) and then used metrics for customer satisfaction linked to metrics for internal management and resource allocation decisions. Improved Customer satisfaction and reduced resource requirements.

CONTRACTING. Supervised and managed contracts and contractors for over 25 years. In last 5 years, had close supervision of over $1.8b in service and supply contracts and over $800m in materials. Oversight of Foreign Service and construction projects valued at $122m per year. Head of Contracting for US Army Europe.