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Profile: Jerry McGinn, DoD Principal Deputy Director for Manufacturing, Industrial Base Policy

Jerry McGinn
Jerry McGinn

Jerry McGinn is the principal deputy director for the U.S. Defense Department‘s office of manufacturing and industrial base policy and holds responsibility over the development of studies, guidelines and policies concerning the defense industrial supply chain.

He rejoined DoD in July 2015 after leading Virginia-based McGinn Defense Consulting as president.

Between July 2012 and October 2014, he served as a specialist leader at Deloitte, where he led business development activities in the security cooperation sector and thought leadership programs with multiple trade groups.

McGinn also worked at QinetiQ North America from November 2011 to March 2012 as vice president of strategic initiatives.

Before that, he was corporate director of international government relations at Northrop Grumman and oversaw export policy advocacy initiatives to help grow the company’s work through the U.S. foreign military sales program.

He also served as special assistant to the DoD principal deputy undersecretary and as a political scientist at public policy research firm Rand Corp.

McGinn is also a former U.S. Army infantry officer and chaired TechAmerica Foundation’s international defense task force and the Project for the Common Defense group’s defense reform committee.

He also became a part of the Aerospace Industries Association, British American Business Association, National Defense Industries Association, NATO Industrial Advisory Group and Defense Science Board.

He authored publications about security cooperation, acquisition reform, direct commercial and foreign military sales, technology transfer, defense contracting, industrial base policy and national security.

McGinn holds a bachelor’s degree in modern European history from the U.S. Military Academy, as well as master’s degrees in foreign service and history and a Ph.D. degree in history from Georgetown University.

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