Scott E. Willette

Principal Analyst

Dr. Willette is IDI’s Director of Program and Resource Analysis, providing technical leadership to IDI’s cost estimating efforts. As a retired Marine, he had over 21 years of hands-on experience in leadership and military decision in both the officer and enlisted ranks. As an enlisted Marine, he had tours as a radar repairman, Marine Security Guard, and machine gunner. As an officer, he held positions as an aviation command and control officer and acquisition management professional. Dr. Willette has 17+ years of analytical experience while in uniform, as a civil servant, and as a contractor. He has conducted analyses in support of requirements, resource, and acquisition decisions for almost 100 Marine Corps, Navy, Joint, OSD, and DHS programs.

Dr. Willette is the Military Operations Research Society’s (MORS) Cost Analysis working group advisor, Composite Group E co-chair, and has previously served as the Decision Analysis working group chair and advisor. He holds a BA from Oregon State University, an MBA from Naval Postgraduate School, and received his PhD in Management Science from Walden University.

Education

Ph.D.   Management, Walden University, 2014
M.B.A. Defense Systems Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, 2003
B.A.     Political Science, Oregon State University, 1998

Selected Publications and Presentations

Willette, S. (2020) Developing ROM Cost Estimates for Novel S&T Systems. Paper presented at the 88th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Online

Willette, S. and Woodaman, R. (2020) Developing Costs for the Installation Readiness Optimization Network-Marine Corps (IRON-MC). Paper presented at the 88th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Online

Willette, S. and Woodaman, R. (2019) U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Fuel Storage and Distribution Study. Paper presented at the 87th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO

Willette, S. and Woodaman, R. (2018) Marine Air-Ground Task Force Bulk Fuel Study. Paper presented at the 86th Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Monterey, CA

Willette, S. (2015) The Cost of Suicide and Suicide Prevention: DoD, VA, and CDC Perspectives. Panel member discussing the “DoD Suicide Prevention Cost Analysis Process”, American Association of Suicidology, 49th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Willette, S. (2014) A Q Methodology Study Evaluating the Emergence of Complex Adaptive Systems and Evaluating the Emergence of Complex Adaptive Systems in Requirements and Acquisitions Organizations. Papers presented at the 82nd Military Operations Research Society Symposium, Alexandria, VA

Willette, S. (2014). “Proven Tools and Tips from Doctors and Doctoral Candidates”, Chapter 14. In W.R. McCollum, How to use emotional, cultural, and spiritual intelligence to mentor doctoral learners (pp. 262-278). Fort Washington, MD: McCollum Enterprises.

Dachepalli, A. and Willette, S. (2012) Implementation of Should Cost Initiatives: Procedures and Guidelines for a Program Office. Paper presented at the 45th Department of Defense Cost Analysis Symposium, Williamsburg, VA

Willette, S. (2006) Designing a Performance Improvement Decision Model for the USMC’s Defense Decision Support Systems Using Systems Analysis. Poster and paper presented at the Institute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Practice Conference, Orlando, FL

Detar, P. and Willette, S. (2006) From JCIDS [Joint Capabilities Identification and Development System] Analysis to AoAs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Paper presented at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) meeting on Capabilities Based Planning, Washington DC.

Detar, P. and Willette, S. (2005) A Tale of Competing Priorities: The Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar Analysis of Alternatives. Paper presented to the Measures of Merit and Analysis of Alternatives working groups at the Annual MORS Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO

Willette, S. (2005) From JCIDS Analysis to AoAs: Improving the Cost Process. Paper presented at the Department of Defense Cost Analysis Symposium, Williamsburg, VA