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James O. Ellis, Jr. is an Annenberg Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, focusing on energy and national security policy. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), a commercial nuclear power industry self-regulatory non-profit located in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 18, 2012.
In 2004, Admiral Ellis completed a 39-year Navy career as Commander of the United States Strategic Command. In this role, he was responsible for the global command and control of United States strategic and space forces.
His sea service included carrier-based tours with three fighter squadrons, and command of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. He is a graduate of U.S. Navy nuclear power training, the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).
His shore assignments included Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Allied Forces, Southern Europe where he led United States and NATO forces in combat and humanitarian operations during the 1999 Kosovo crisis.
Mr. Ellis also holds two master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He serves on the boards of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Dominion Energy. In 2018, he was appointed Chairman of the Users' Advisory Group to the Vice President's National Space Council.