Timothy Reed, Ph. D., C.P.M. 

Tim Reed is the President and Principal Director of Beyond Optimal Strategic Solutions LLC, based in McLean, Virginia. He can be reached at

Dr. Reed holds a Ph. D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Purchasing Manager with the Institute of Supply Management.

Dr. Reed leads teams in developing realistic procurement and sourcing strategies.  His areas of expertise include identification of process, demand, and rate savings associated with procurement strategies. In addition, he has expertise in organization workload assessment and in developing effective workforce training to ensure effective implementation of those strategies. 

Dr. Reed retired from Active Military Service in 2008 after 21 years in the Air Force. He began his Air Force career as a Missile Launch Officer then transitioned into the contracting field working in the F-22 Fighter Engine Development Office at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Engines in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hes held various assignments in contracting, including the C-17 Cargo Aircraft and Fighter Engine Systems Program Offices. He served as the director of Joint Contracting Command-North, Kirkuk, Iraq. He also served at the Pentagon as Deputy Chief, Procurement Transformation Division, where he was responsible for implementing strategic sourcing and commodity councils for DoD and AF. As Commander, 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida, he was responsible for $500M in annual purchases in support of F-15 & F-22 fighter aircraft, and AWACS flight training. 

Dr. Reed has been a visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he taught graduate courses in Acquisition Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship. He has also taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), where he created the Air Force Strategic Purchasing Graduate Degree Program, and served as the director of that program for two years.  He has instructed at the University of Dayton, the University of Maryland (University College), and American University (Washington DC) and at visiting seminars at American University in Cairo (Egypt), and Instituto de Empresas in Madrid. He has assisted international military procurement officials throughout the world in meeting acquisition challenges including the Czech Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Peru and Latvia. 

Dr. Reed has extensive experience advising organizations in Federal Government. He has assisted federal agencies such as Air Force, Navy, Army, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and the Executive Office of the President with the creation of sourcing strategies, and provided the training necessary to implement those plans.  


He is the author of over 40 articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. His research interests are strategic sourcing, entrepreneurial thinking, acquisition workforce development, and proposal process optimization.


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