The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Anthony J. "Tony" Tether, Ph.D., has joined the Institute as a member of the Board of Regents. Dr. Tether served as Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Department of Defense from 2001 to 2009. As Director, Dr. Tether was responsible for management of the Agency's projects for high-payoff, innovative research and development.
Commenting on the announcement, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Chairman and CEO Michael Swetnam said, "Dr. Tether is one of the most distinguished science and technology policymakers to have served our government in the past several decades. The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is privileged to have his advice, guidance, and support."
Dr. Tether's distinguished career includes many high-profile positions in the Department of Defense and the private sector. He served as Director of DARPA's Strategic Technology Office from 1982 through 1986, and as Director of the National Intelligence Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1978 to 1982. Dr. Tether is the founder of The Sequoia Group, which provides program management and strategy development services to government and private industry, and has served as its President and CEO. He has held positions as Executive Vice President of Systems Control Inc., Chief Executive Officer for Dynamics Technology Inc, Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Advanced Technology Sector, Vice President and General Manager for Range Systems at SAIC, and Vice President for Technology and Advanced Development at Ford Aerospace Corp. (acquired by Loral Corporation ).
Dr. Tether has been honored with awards including the National Intelligence Medal, the Department of Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal. He has served on Army, Navy and Defense Science Boards, and on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He is a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Distinguished Fellow with the Council on Competitiveness in Washington, DC.
Dr. Tether received his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.