Donald A. Hicks
"Prior to founding Hicks & Associates, Dr. Hicks served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (USDRE). As USDRE, Dr. Hicks was the Principal Staff Assistant and Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for scientific and technical matters, basic and applied research, environmental sciences, and the development of weapon systems.
"Prior to his appointment as USDRE, Dr. Hicks was Senior Vice President, Marketing & Technology, for Northrop Grumman. He joined Northrop in 1961 as Vice President-Technical for the company's Ventura Division. Four years later, he formed the Applied Research Department of the Nortronics Division of Northrop. In 1967, this department became a major part of the newly formed Northrop Research & Technology Center, with Dr. Hicks serving as Vice President & Manager. In 1970, Dr. Hicks was promoted to Corporate Vice President of Research & Technology, a position he held until his appointment as Senior Vice President-Technology in November 1974. This position was expanded in 1979 to include corporate marketing.
"Before joining Northrop, Dr. Hicks headed the Applied Physics Section of Boeing Company's Aerospace Group. From 1950 to 1956, he was a physicist with Lawrence Radiation Laboratory where he conducted basic research related to various aspects of fission physics.
"During World War II, he served three and a half years in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
"Dr. Hicks holds A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1985, he received the University of Southern California's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Management.
"Dr. Hicks has been a member of the Defense Science Board, chairing or serving on a number of DSB task forces for the past 30 years, including Nuclear Warhead Production, Remotely Piloted Vehicles, Urban Warfare, and Globalization & Security.
"For his service as Under Secretary of Defense, Dr. Hicks received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the U.S. Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Distinguished Public Service Award of the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service."
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Globalization and Globalization and Security, Chairman