Jerry McGinn, Ph.D

Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting, School of Business

George Mason University

Dr. Jerry McGinn is the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU). In this role, he has established and is leading the first-of-its-kind university center for research, education and training, and collaboration on issues facing the $500B+ government contracting industry. He has an active Top Secret clearance and has recently been nominated for restoring his access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Information.

Jerry is also a trusted strategic advisor sought after for his expertise in U.S. industrial policy, supply chain, industrial security, export control, foreign military sales, and industrial base policies and he currently serves on the Economic Security Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Prior to joining GMU, Jerry served as the senior career official in the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Department of Defense, leading efforts to analyze the capabilities and overall health of the defense industrial base, including the Presidentially-directed 2017-2018 interagency review of the manufacturing and defense industrial base. He also directed hundreds of reviews of high-profile mergers and acquisitions as well as transactions before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Previous to DoD, Dr. McGinn spent a decade in senior defense industry roles at McGinn Defense Consulting LLC, Deloitte Consulting LLP, QinetiQ North America, and Northrop Grumman. Before industry, Dr. McGinn served in DoD as Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Undersecretary (Policy) and as a political scientist at RAND.

Dr. McGinn is also a widely acclaimed thought leader, author, and sought-after speaker. He has published numerous influential RAND monographs and articles in The Hill, Business Insider, Defense News, Washington Technology, War on the Rocks, and Joint Force Quarterly. He has also testified before the U.S. Congress and the UK House of Commons and he is regularly interviewed and cited in outlets such as USA Today, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, Government Matters, Federal News Network, and Time. He has led advisory studies for and held leadership roles in the NATO Industrial Advisory Group, the Defense Science Board, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the Professional Services Council.

Dr. McGinn was commissioned into the U.S. Army and served with distinction as an infantry officer and is a graduate of Ranger and Airborne Schools. He has received numerous civilian and military awards and has earned a Ph.D., M.S., and M.A. from Georgetown University as well as a B.S. from the United States Military Academy.