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John Young, appointed to SRI’s Board in 2009, brings a broad range of legislative and executive branch experience on defense technology, development and procurement programs.
Young served as the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, overseeing $200 billion of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research, development, procurement and logistics programs. He previously served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), leading the unprecedented Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle program, and as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Young’s experience also includes 10 years as a senior staff member with the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Young is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During his Pentagon tenure, he was awarded the DoD, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, as well as the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Young also serves on the boards of Saab Sensis Corporation, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Tenax Aerospace, HDT Global, Ultra Electronics, and Luminati. He is an advisory board member with Cubic Defense Applications, FedBid, Liquid Robotics, and SpaceX. He serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of Georgia Tech Research Institute and consults with Armatek, a Canadian company. Young was a Senate-appointed member of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community.
He has a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he now serves on the advisory committee of the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering.
In 2009, Young joined E6 Partners, a firm founded by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.
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