Joseph Braddock

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Dr. Joseph V. Braddock "received his Bachelor of Science (1951) in Physics at St. Peter's College and his Master of Science (1952) and Ph.D. (1958) in Physics at Fordham University. He served as a Physics instructor at Fordham University and as an Assistant Professor in Physics at Iona College. In 1959, along with Drs. Dunn and McDonald, Dr. Braddock founded BDM, a technology-based professional services firm. Over the next three decades, it grew to over 4,000 employees and became the largest publicly owned company of its kind. It was acquired in 1988 by Ford Motor Company and was subsequently acquired by the Carlyle Group in 1991. Dr. Braddock retired from BDM in 1993. Dr. Braddock servers on Advisory Boards for the Secretary of Defense, Agencies of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, Sandia National Laboratories and the American Red Cross. He also is a Trustee of the Aztec Foundation and Potomac Foundation. He is a Board Member of the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the INOVA Hospital Foundation."[1]

"Braddock was one of three Fordham University physicists who founded BDM Corporation, a principal nuclear weapons 'failure testing' company in the United States. His successes helped establish the Potomac Foundation (no relation to Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), which has contributed significantly to NATO research. Well-regarded among professional military scientists, Braddock's technical mastery was key to the development of an important NATO strategy known as Follow-On Forces Attack or 'FOFA.' He also supported the technical research and policy advances that enabled conventional deterrence in Europe, keeping the nuclear threshold high, while not matching the Soviets in numbers of weapons systems.

"Braddock has donated considerable time with the Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense on technical forecasting and planning as a member of the Defense Science Board and Army Science Board, and on several DARPA efforts, including one aimed at replacing anti-personnel land mines. Braddock's service has been recognized with the Secretary of Defense Eugene G. Fubini Award, the Defense Nuclear Agency's Exceptional Public Service Award, and Distinguished Service Awards from the Army Science Board and the Association of the U.S. Army."[2]


  • Board Member, Plasmasol Corporation[3]
  • 2001 Navigator Award, Potomoc Institute[4]
  • Co-Chair, Defense Science Board Task Force on Training Superiority and Training Surprise (2001)[5]