Trustee, Carnegie Corporation of New York
A. Owens is chairman and CEO of AEA Holdings, the holding company
for AEA Investors and Aetos Capital. Previously, he was president
and chief executive officer of Nortel Networks, chief executive
officer and chairman of Teledesic LLC and president, chief operating
officer and vice chairman of Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC), the nation's largest employee-owned high-technology
Admiral Owens, served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
and the nation’s second-ranking military officer. He was responsible
for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post-Cold
War era. Widely recognized for bringing commercial high technology
into the U.S. Department of Defense, Owens was the architect of
the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology
approach to military operations. RMA represents the most significant
change in the system of requirements, budgets, and technology for
the U.S armed forces since World War II.
1989 to 1991 he was the Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Europe
and from 1991 to 1993, Owens was deputy chief of Naval Operations
for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments. In 1990 and
1991 he served as the senior military assistant to Secretaries of
Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney. In 1988, Owens served as
director of the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of
the Navy, and, in 1987, as commander of Submarine Group Six, the
Navy’s largest submarine group. Earlier in his career, he
commanded Submarine Squadron Four, and the submarines USS Sam Houston,
and USS City of Corpus Christi.
has authored more than 50 articles on national security. His latest
book, Lifting the Fog of War, was published in April 2000.
A 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics, he also holds bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in politics, philosophy and mathematics from Oxford University.
In addition, William Owens has a master’s degree in management
from George Washington University. He is a member of the board of
directors of several public companies, sits on the Defense Policy
Board, and on several not for profit boards.