Josh Jackson

Senior Vice President of Operations

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Josh Jackson is senior vice president of operations managing SAIC’s naval business unit as part of the company’s Defense and Civilian Sector. He is responsible for leading strategy, market growth, and program delivery focused on capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps customers. The business unit applies artificial intelligence, modeling and simulation, training, and systems engineering and integration to customer solutions.

Jackson joined SAIC in 2002 and has held positions of increasing authority and responsibility. He started as a program manager and then became a division manager, chief engineer, and operations manager before joining the company’s top business leadership. Jackson has led SAIC’s solutions and technology portfolio, and he created the company’s first digital organization focused on building integrated digital solutions spanning cyber, cloud, analytics, and software. Jackson led several innovations, including SAIC’s first technical leadership development cohort to build talent in critical areas of artificial intelligence, cyber, and cloud.

Prior to SAIC, Jackson led an engineering team at Huntington Ingalls Industries, designing the shock and acoustic systems for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarine. While leading this team, Jackson became fascinated with leadership and culture as critical elements of organizational success. His passion is solving complex mission challenges for customers, leveraging diverse teams and emerging technology in smart and unique ways.

Jackson has authored numerous technical papers and journal articles in engineering, modeling and simulation, workforce development, acquisition, and innovation. He has focused on public-private partnerships and models that drive innovation ecosystems. He is a member of AFCEA International’s executive committee board, chartered with fostering government and industry collaboration that drives innovation. He is also on the advisory board of George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting.

He is also active in several nonprofit organizations supporting clean water, international development, and the battle against food instability and homelessness. Jackson is a founding member of SAIC’s Inclusion and Diversity Council and the executive sponsor for SAIC’s STEM business resource group.

Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the College of William & Mary. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

 

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