Thursday February 27, 2020



General John F. Phillips

General John F. Phillips is the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics). As Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics), Gen. Phillips oversaw an organization of 850,000 military and civilian personnel with a budget of $114B where he established an outsourcing and privatization program for the federal government. The recipient of over 250 awards and decorations, Gen. Phillips was honored with Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award in 1999.

Gen. Phillips served for more than 27 years in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Major General. His last assignment was Commander, McClellan AFB, California. The military depot was responsible for aircraft, satellites, and microelectronic technology. General Phillips earned the highest Department of Defense Certifications (level III) in Program Management, Acquisitions Logistics, and Computer Systems Development (DOD Black Belt equivalent). He is a fighter pilot with over 3,000 flying hours and 300 hours in combat. He earned wings as a navigator and pilot and was awarded German pilot wings. He has flown the F-15, F-111, T-38, KC-135 and T-37 aircraft.

Gen. Phillips holds a B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas, and a M.S. degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was awarded the degree (Honorary) Doctor of Laws, from Jarvis Christian College. In addition, he is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the National War College; Defense Systems Management College; Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and the University of Southern California, School for Safety Engineering. He is an internationally  known speaker and consultant on National Defense.

Active in civic and professional affairs, Gen. Phillips is a member of the Army Science Board; International Society of Logistics Engineers, Board of Directors; Association for Enterprise Integration; Maintenance Repair & Overhaul conference; Board of Visitors, Defense Acquisition University; Shades of Blue (Aviation Mentoring), Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, and is a former chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc. and formerly served on the Board of Boys and Girls Club of America. His other accomplishments include authoring the book, “Navigating the Pentagon” and co-authoring the book, “Military Project Management,” as well as numerous articles and lectures on leadership and management. Gen. Phillips is a current member of the Air Force Association, the Navy League, and the Association of U.S. Army. He and his wife Blanche have three daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.