Leadership and Diplomacy

What kind of leader will Donald Trump be? Will he conduct his foreign policy as a businessman, a diplomat, or something else entirely? Before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Ray Johnson, former CTO and SVP at Lockheed Martin, considers some of the most pertinent questions related to China, labor, and international trade. Johnson also discusses the importance of political stability for defense, business, and international relations.


“Mr. Trump’s challenge will be to help some of our long-term problems without short-term, negative consequences.”


About Ray O. Johnson

Dr. Ray O. Johnson was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2006 to February 2015. In his role, he oversaw engineering and technology, as well as production operations, supply chain, program management, and logistics and sustainment, for more than 70,000 employees working on over 4,000 programs. Johnson consults nationally and internationally with officials in government, industry, and academia, and speaks on topics such as business, strategy, innovation, and education. Previously, he served as the COO for Modern Technology Solutions, Inc, and held several positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the advanced concepts business unit. He is currently a director on the board of QxBranch, LLC, a start-up quantum computing analytics company. Johnson is a member of the GLG Institute, a community of executives exchanging experienced-based insight.

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