John J. Young, Jr.

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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.

"He also serves on the boards of the Saab Sensis Corporation, Safran Morphotrak, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is an advisory board member with Cubic Defense Applications, FedBid, and Pixia. He is a Senate-appointed member of the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, and a member of the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering Strategic Advisory Committee (AESAC).

"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]]."[1]


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  1. SRI International Board, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.