Senior Vice President, Naval Business Unit
Josh Jackson is senior vice president for SAIC’s Navy and Marine Corps business, with responsibility for leading strategy, market growth, P&L, and program delivery. With nearly 5,000 professionals, the organization brings a wide range of mission-oriented skills and capabilities to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps customers, including artificial intelligence; modeling, simulation and training; and systems engineering and integration. His passion is solving complex mission challenges for customers, leveraging a diverse team and emerging technology in smart and unique ways.
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. Prior to his present role, Jackson led SAIC’s solutions and technology group and 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.
During his time at SAIC, Jackson has supported the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, combatant commands, other defense agencies, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health. He has led the development of programs in test and evaluation, experimentation, simulation, analysis, training, and assessments and has worked on several weapons systems and platforms, both large and small and kinetic and non-kinetic. He has a track record of business growth through enabling customer mission success and innovation.
Prior to SAIC, Jackson led an engineering team at Hunington Ingals Industries to design the shock and acoustic systems for the Virginia class submarine. Leveraging technology, this team devised several innovations that enabled mission efficiency and effectiveness. While leading this team, Jackson became fascinated with leadership and culture as critical elements of organizational success.
Jackson has authored numerous technical papers and journal articles in the field of engineering, modeling and simulation, workforce development, acquisition, and innovation. His current areas of research interest are public-private partnerships and models that drive innovation ecosystems.
Jackson is a leader outside of SAIC as well. He is currently a member of the AFCEA International executive committee board, chartered with fostering government and industry collaboration that drives innovation. He is also on the advisory Board for George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting. He served as the chairman of the industry advisory board for the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and on several committees within the National Defense Industries Association and the National Training and Simulation Association. He is also active in several non-profit organizations that support clean water and international development and 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 a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
JOSH JACKSON IN THE MEDIA:
- WashingtonExec: SAIC's Josh Jackson on the Importance of a Holistic Approach to DoD Digital Transformation (Video)
- Washington Technology: How Digital Transformation Unlocks Value for Our Customers
- Defense One: Digital Transformation Enables DoD Mission Effectiveness (Video)