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Bill Owens was appointed president and chief executive officer of Nortel Networks in April of 2004. Previously, he was the CEO and chairperson of Teledesic LLC, and president, COO and vice chairperson of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the United States' largest employee-owned high-technology company.
Before joining SAIC, Bill Owens was vice chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the second-highest ranking military officer in the United States. He had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Widely recognized for bringing commercial high-technology into the Department of Defense for military applications, Mr. Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations that was the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets and technology for the four armed forces since World War II.
From 1991 to 1993, Bill Owens was the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments. He served as commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in 1990 and 1991. Between 1988 and 1991, Bill Owens served as senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney.
In 1988, Bill Owens was the director of the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy. In 1987, he served as commander of Submarine Group Six, the Navy's largest submarine group with 20 strategic ballistic missile submarines, 45 nuclear attack submarines, and more than 15,000 men and women. Earlier in his career, he commanded Submarine Squadron Four, the USS Sam Houston, and the USS City of Corpus Christi.
Bill Owens has written more than 50 articles on national security and authored the book High Seas. His latest book, Lifting the Fog of War, was published in April 2000. As vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first Clinton administration, Admiral Bill Owens saw the challenges facing the U.S. military firsthand. In Lifting the Fog of War, he explains the military crisis and proposes bold new solutions to revolutionize the armed services. He argues that the Department of Defense should take advantage of advances in computing, communications, and satellite technology to bring our military into the Information Age. These changes would transform the way that America wages war, bringing about a smaller, stronger, and more flexible military better able to monitor enemy forces in real time. We would be able to counter the "fog of war" that has bedeviled commanders throughout history. For the paperback edition, Bill Owens has written a new preface about the Bush administration's attitudes toward military reform.
Bill Owens is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He has bachelor and masters degrees in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University and a masters in management from George Washington University.
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