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John A. Montgomery is director of research at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where he oversees research and development programs with expenditures of approximately $1.2 billion per year. He joined the NRL in 1968 as a research physicist in the Advanced Techniques Branch of the Electronic Warfare Division, where he conducted research on a wide range of electronic warfare topics. In 1980, he was selected to head the Off-Board Countermeasures Branch, and in May 1985 he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and selected as Superintendent of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. He has been responsible for numerous systems developed/approved for operational use by the Navy and other services, and had great impact through the application of advanced technologies to solve unusual or severe operational deficiencies during world crises, most recently in Afghanistan, Iraq, and for Homeland Defense and in the Pacific theater.
Dr. Montgomery received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2001, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 1999, the 1997 Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Naval Technology Achievement (awarded by the Chief of Naval Research in 1998), and the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1986. Further, he received the Association of Old Crows (Electronic Defense Association) Joint Services Award in 1993. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 1991 and 2002, and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 1988, 1999, and 2007. He was an NRL Edison Scholar and is a member of Sigma Xi. He was US National Leader of the Technical Cooperation Program’s multinational Group on Electronic Warfare from 1987 to 2002, and served as its executive chairman. Dr. Montgomery received the Laboratory Director of the Year award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer in 2006, and in 2011 the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership from American University’s School of Public Affairs. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013.
Dr. Montgomery received his bachelor’s of science degree in physics from North Texas State University in 1967 and his master’s degree, also in physics, in 1969. He received his PhD in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1982.