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Norm Augustine

Norm Augustine

Danger: America Is Losing Its Edge In Innovation Danger: America Is Losing Its Edge In Innovation

Innovation is the key to survival in an increasingly global economy. Today we"re living off the investments we made over the past 25 years and we"re seeing an accelerating erosion of our ability to compete. Charles Darwin observed that it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. Right now the U.S. is not responding to change as we need to. But there is a way forward.

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Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense”s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He holds 23 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Who’s Who.

He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the company’s formation in 1995 and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in August 1997, at which time he became a lecturer with the rank of professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until July 1999. Previous to that, Mr. Augustine joined Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO.

Mr. Augustine also chaired the Advisory Committee on the Future of the United States Space Program in 1990, and The Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee in 2009. Both committees evaluated the long-term future of NASA and the United States civilian space program and provided recommendations to strengthen US global competitiveness.

In 1973, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army, in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later, Acting Secretary of the Army. He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing. In 1965, he began his military career; during which he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering. Prior to his military service, Mr. Augustine joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1958, where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer.

In addition to his IEEE membership, Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and Chairman of the Defense Science Board. He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He is a current or former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg. He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland, Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Department of Homeland Security and was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the Council on Foreign Affairs and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club. Mr. Augustine was awarded the IEEE Founders Medal For distinguished and innovative corporate and technical leadership in aerospace, electronics and the defense industry.

Mr. Augustine graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned both a bachelor”s and master”s degree in engineering. He is the author of Augustine”s Travels, The Defense Revolution and Augustine”s Laws.