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Thursday, July 3, 2008

General John A. Gordon Elected as Chairman of the Board of Draper Laboratory

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. announced today that General John A. Gordon (retired, U.S. Air Force) will be its new Chairman of the Board. He replaces retiring chairman Dr. John R. Kreick.  

Currently a private consultant, Gordon served as the President’s Homeland Security Advisor from June 2003 until June 2004. From June 2002 to June 2003 he was the Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter Terrorism and the National Director for Counter Terrorism for the National Security Council.  Prior to these White House appointments, he was the first administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and Under Secretary of Energy, responsible for the entirety of the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

As an Air Force four-star general, he was the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from October 1997 until June 2000. Gordon’s 32-year Air Force career included significant concentration on research and development, strategic planning, missile and space operations, intergovernmental operations, and international negotiations.

“John has a remarkable depth and breadth of experience across the spectrum of national security and a strong technical background. We look forward to the insight and perspective he will be able to provide to Draper in the coming years,” said Draper President & CEO Jim Shields.

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