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General John Douglass

In 2007 John W. Douglass became President and Chief Executive Officer of The Douglass Aerospace Group, LLC. During the recent Presidential election campaign Mr. Douglass was a member of President Obama’s Aerospace and Defense Industry advisors group and campaigned across the country on behalf of the President. From 1998, to 2007 Mr. Douglass was full-time chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft; helicopters; UAVs; space systems; aircraft engines, materiel, and related components; equipment services; and information technology.  Before that, he served for nearly three years as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition of defense systems for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. In this position as the senior Navy contracting official, he was responsible for all Navy shipbuilding and repair as well as all technology programs. A nationally recognized expert in systems acquisition, Mr. Douglass has extensive acquisition experience in Congress, the Defense Department, and the executive branch as a policy authority, contracting officer, engineering officer, test and evaluation officer, program control officer, and research director.

Before being named Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Douglass was with the Senate Armed Services Committee where he was foreign policy and science and technology advisor to Senator Sam Nunn and served as lead minority staff member for defense conversion and technology reinvestment programs. Mr. Douglass completed 28 years of U.S. Air Force service and retired as a brigadier general in 1992. His numerous Air Force assignments included service as the deputy U.S. military representative to NATO as well as director of plans and policy and director of science and technology in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He also served as special assistant to the under secretary of defense for acquisition. Within the office of the president, Mr. Douglass was director of national security programs on the National Security Council of the White House during the Reagan Administration. He was responsible for formulating policy on a broad range of national security issues and served as President Reagan’s representative to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management chaired by David Packard. A native of Miami, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida, a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in management science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Douglass has done postgraduate work at the Cornell University Center for International Studies where he was an Air Force Research Fellow with the Peace Studies Program. Mr. Douglass lectures in the United States and Europe on aerospace and national security issues and has taught at the Florida Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the National Defense University. He served on the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry, which issued its final report in November 2002. He has served on numerous study and advisory groups for DOD, the Navy, the FAA, and NASA.

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