"For many years, there has been a feud between DoD Acquisition and the Defense Industrial Base over who owns (or should own) Intellectual Property developed when a company spends IR&D, at least partially funded by defense appropriations. For this session of 'Hacking' Program Management, we have the great pleasure to host Mr. Jon Etherton, former Personal Staff to Senator John McCain for 2 years, former Professional Staff to the Senate Armed Services Committee for 14 years, former Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Aerospace Industry Association of America (AIAA) for 7 years, and ran his own consulting business (Etherton and Associates) for almost 15 more years. Jon has seen virtually the entire history of this feud in his almost 40 years of involvement with Defense Acquisition, with a special focus on the Acquisition Reform efforts. Jon will share his "insider" experience and opinions regarding the Government and Industry positions on "Contractor IR&D and Government Property Rights - Part 1: A Contested History." "
Dr. Steven Moore, Professor of Program Management, DAU
Dr. Steven E. “Steve” Moore entered the U.S. Air Force in 1980, graduating from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Mechanics. Steve served as an active-duty Engineer and Program Manager for ten years, followed by 27 years in the Aerospace & Defense industry with the same company whose name started out as Thiokol and ended as Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman). Along the way, Steve earned his master's degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and his PhD in Program Management from Capella University. Steve has served at DAU for almost 5 years as a Professor of Program Management.
Mr. Jonathan "Jon" Etherton, former President of Etherton & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Jonathan Etherton, former President of Etherton and Associates, Inc., has worked with Congress, the Executive Branch, and the industry on national security funding and acquisition policy issues for over 40 years. Jon served on the professional staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as Vice President for Legislative Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association of America before operating a consulting and lobbying business until 2021 that focused on acquisition policy issues. He is co-author, with Will Goodman, of Pathway to Transformation: NDIA Acquisition Reform Recommendations, written in 2014 and co-author of Stepping Back from Acquisition Reform: How Our Resourcing Processes Drive Defense Outcomes released by the National Defense Industrial Association in January 2022.