John Walker is a partner in the Defense segment at Guidehouse and provides strategic advisory services to public and private-sector defense clients undergoing change.
In the public sector, John has led over $750B of DOD, DHS, NASA, HHS and other agency Science and Technology (S&T) program evaluations. He has advised the United States Senate Armed Services Committee, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the United States Coast Guard, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the Transportation Security Administration, the United Nations and all three Defense Services.
Mr. Walker’s most recent public sector efforts include developing a Chemical and Biological Defense strategy for DHS, economic impact study for the International Space Station, technology roadmaps in the fields of autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things, hypersonics and other national security-relevant topic areas, and a supercomputing-linked additive manufacturing capability development effort for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Walker was instrumental in the establishment of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) near NASA Langley Research Center and the Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute (HVSI) at the United States Air Force Academy.
In the private sector, John has led more than 150 projects across 25 years of consulting to the aerospace and defense industry. He has led strategic, technical, operations, market and business investigations for both domestic and international firms. John was formerly a member of Arthur D. Little’s Aviation, Aerospace and Defense as well as Technology and Innovation Management practices. Mr. Walker’s most recent private sector engagements included market penetration work in the Electronic Warfare domain and an operations review for an organization specializing in the burgeoning space commerce industry. He has led complex engagements with numerous private equity firms as well as industry players such as Boeing, Airbus, L3 Technologies, Europrop International, Rolls Royce Deutschland, United Airlines, Colt Defense and many others.
Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Walker directed gas turbine manufacturing for BAE Systems on licensed-build of General Electric F404 and other civilian and military aero-engine product lines. Mr. Walker also managed production of landing gear and flight control systems for civilian and military aircraft at Goodrich Corporation. Subsequently, Mr. Walker directed the Repair and Overhaul business at Goodrich where the focus was the R&O and rapid turnaround of flight-critical systems for global airline operators with grounded aircraft.
Mr. Walker began his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force.