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Gordon R. England is chair of the board of both PFP Cybersecurity and V1 Analytical Solutions, and a partner of Dyno-Tech, LLC. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Defense (2005–2009), Secretary of the Navy (2001–2006), and the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (2003).
His business career spanned over 40 years as an engineer and senior executive, including the following series of positions at General Dynamics: executive vice president, Information Systems & Technology Sector (1997–2001); president, Fort Worth Aircraft Company (later Lockheed) (1991–1995), where he was responsible for all domestic and international aircraft programs, including the F-16 fighter; president (1990–1991) and vice president of engineering (1986–1990), Land Systems Company; and director of avionics, Fort Worth Company (1980–1986). He began his career at Honeywell, where he was an engineer on the Project Gemini space program.
Mr. England was elected to the NAE in 2012 for advances in digital avionics for aircraft, land, and naval platforms. He serves on the Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (cochair) and Committee on Talent: Assessing and Meeting National Workforce Needs. Previously, he was a member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy and an ad hoc committee to organize the Workshop on Trends in the Innovation Ecosystem: Can Past Successes Help Inform Future Strategies?
In addition to serving as a city councilman, Mr. England has been active in numerous civic, charitable, and government organizations. He is vice president of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science, chair of the board of the US Naval Institute Foundation, and a member of the boards of the Community Learning Center and Glilot Capital Partners, the Advisory Council of Business Executives for National Security, and the University of Maryland Trustees Board. He previously served on the USO board of governors, the War of the Pacific Museum, the DOD Defense Science Board; MERRA—Michigan R&D Cooperative (chair); Michigan Chapter, ADPA (president); Defense Manufacturing Board on Concurrent Engineering; Engineering Board of Advisors of the universities of Texas, Michigan, and Oakland; Board of Goodwill (vice chair); and CACI board of directors.
He has been recognized for his professional and service contributions, with the IEEE Centennial Award; Commander Cross–Republic of Poland; Distinguished Alumnus, University of Maryland and Texas Christian University; Silver Knight of Management Award from the National Management Association; DOD Distinguished Public Service Award; Henry M. Jackson Award; NIDA Dwight Eisenhower Award; USCG Distinguished Public Service Award; Navy League David M. Thompson Award; Naval Order of US Admiral George Dewey Award; 2005 Charles Francis Adams Award; Department of VA Exceptional Service Award; Armed Forces Foundation Award; Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award Silver Beaver; Union League Lincoln Award; Goodwill Industries Person of the Year; and USO Distinguished Citizen Award. He is a member of several honorary societies: Beta Gamma Sigma (business), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), and Eta Kappa Nu (engineering).
He received his BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1961, and an MBA from Texas Christian University in 1975.