John M. Richardson

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"31st Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; Former Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, U.S. Navy. Admiral Richardson served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy from September 2015 to August 2019. Prior to his service as Chief of Naval Operations, he served as the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, U.S. Navy from November 2012 to August 2015. While serving as Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (itself a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy organization), Admiral Richardson was responsible for the safe and effective operation of more than 90 reactors during their full life-cycle, operating around the world on nuclear-powered warships and at several land-based facilities. Operationally, he served in four nuclear submarines, including commanding the submarine USS Honolulu. In addition, Admiral Richardson evaluated and taught prospective submarine commanding officers, who would be responsible for the lives of their shipmates in extreme environments. His 37-year career with the U.S. Navy also included service in the attack submarine division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff, as naval aide to the President of the United States and as Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. He also serves on the board of Exelon Corporation. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a master's degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College."[1]

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  1. Boeing Board, organizational web page, accessed April 5, 2020.