John E. Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Space Network (USN), responsible for the management and growth of USN’s mission-critical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Williams has 35 years of aerospace and defense experience gained through extensive military and private industry careers. He currently serves as the Chairman for the National Defense Industrial Association Space Division and is a member of the NDIA Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Workforce Division. Prior to joining USN, Williams served with ATK Aerospace Systems as Director of Business Development for the Spacecraft Systems & Services division, where he was responsible for strategic direction, competitive intelligence, business development and proposals for small satellites, components and engineering services. Prior to ATK, he spent nine years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Associate leading a special projects team that specialized in the national security space and industrial base arena and produced landmark national reviews on space launch, the space industrial base and the defense industrial base. Williams is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, having served 21 years in a variety of national security space-related roles such as Commander of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, the Air Force's space force programmer and aide-de-camp to the Air Force Chief of Staff. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from of Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Space Operations from Air Force Institute of Technology.