John Luddy is Vice President for National Security Policy at the Aerospace Industries Association. He is responsible for developing AIA’s national security agenda, and for planning and executing advocacy efforts to support it.
Most recently, Luddy directed Aerojet Rocketdyne’s government relations efforts as Vice President of Washington Operations. In addition to coordinating government-related aspects of Aerojet’s successful acquisition of Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, he established and executed advocacy efforts that successfully increased awareness of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s programs, interests and capabilities throughout the federal government. Prior to joining Aerojet, Luddy ran his own consulting practice for nine years, providing business development, market analysis, and legislative advocacy services to clients ranging from America’s largest aerospace companies to technology startups.
During 2001 and 2002, Luddy served the Secretary of Defense as a special assistant for legislative affairs, spearheading Department of Defense efforts within Congress on missile defense, strategic weapons, and international security policies and programs. Prior to his Presidential appointment to DOD, he supported Chairman Donald Rumsfeld as a staff member on the Commission to Assess U.S. National Security Space Management and Organization.
Luddy served for six years in the United States Senate, as a senior defense aide to two subcommittee chairmen on the Armed Services Committee, and as Senior Policy Advisor to a member of Senate leadership. In these positions, he advised on a wide range of defense, foreign policy, and intelligence matters, and served as the senators’ principal liaison with senior U.S. government and military officials. He has extensive experience drafting significant legislation on a range of national security issues, working with Congressional staff of both parties, and navigating the legislative and policy processes. He began his Washington career in 1992 as a defense analyst with the Heritage Foundation, specializing in power projection, readiness, and personnel issues.
Luddy holds a Master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a Bachelor’s degree in history from Bates College, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Ranger and Airborne Schools. He served on active duty as a Marine Corps infantry officer, and in Reserve policy, operations, and public affairs assignments.