Dr. John Montgomery Receives Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award

12/14/1999 - 69-99r
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Dr. John Montgomery, head of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division (TEWD) at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), was presented with the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award. Dr. Montgomery is recognized for fostering an innovative climate within NRL's TEWD. Under his leadership, the TEWD is recognized as the U.S. Navy's foremost authority on electronic warfare technology throughout the Department of Defense and in the international electronic warfare community.

Dr. Montgomery came to NRL as a research physicist in 1968. He was a member of the Advanced Techniques Branch of the Electronic Warfare Division, where he conducted a wide-range of research in electronic warfare. In 1980, he was selected to head the Off-Board Countermeasures Branch. In 1985, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and was selected as Superintendent of TEWD.

As Superintendent of TEWD, Dr. Montgomery is responsible for the Navy's lead laboratory for EW technology, and for the conduct of a large and comprehensive program of research leading to the creation of new concepts for the field of EW. He and his staff conduct research on basic physical phenomena of importance to EW, demonstrate the feasibility of new EW concepts and systems, perform related systems analyses and evaluations of EW, and provide special advisory and consultative services. He leads a large team of professional, technical, and administrative personnel who provide new and advanced concepts in EW that improve the ability of the Navy to perform its mission.

Dr. Montgomery has pioneered expendable countermeasures for ships and aircraft. He has specialized in the development of over 30 new EW technologies presently deployed by U.S. and allied navies. His management of the TEWD has led to a significant impact in the application of advanced technologies to solve unusual or severe operational deficiencies resulting from world crises. Dr. Montgomery has managed Navy EW Technology Based Programs on behalf of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to resolve crucial EW issues for the Navy and DoD.

Dr. Montgomery received his B.A. in 1967, and M.A. in 1969, both in physics from North Texas State University, Denton, Texas. He received his PhD. in physics from the Catholic University of America in 1982.

Dr. Montgomery's awards include the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award in 1991, the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award in 1988, and the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1986. He has received the Association of Old Crows (EW Professional Society) Joint Services Award in 1993, the Capital Club Technical award in 1992, and the Silver Medal Certificate Award in 1982. Dr. Montgomery received the 1997 Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Naval Technology Achievement, awarded by the Chief of Naval Research. Most recently, Dr. Montgomery reeived the Navy Distinguished Civiilian Service Award in 1999. He was an NRL Edison Scholar, and is a member of Sigma Xi. Dr. Montgomery has served as the U.S. National Leader of the Technical Cooperation's Multinational Group on EW since 1986, and currently serves as the Executive Chairman. Dr. Montgomery has published over 60 reports, papers, articles, and has contributed hundreds of formal presentations, lectures, and briefings.

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