“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
John P. White passed away on September 3, 2017 at the age of 80.
Until his death, John P. White was a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors. He served in earlier years at Harvard Kennedy School as the Robert and Renée Belfer Lecturer and began as a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School in 1998.
Dr. White held several senior federal government positions during his career, including U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1995–1997, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978–1981, and Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from 1977–1978. Prior to his government service, Dr. White was the Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and the chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.
Dr. White also had extensive private sector experience, having served as Chairman and CEO of Interactive Systems Corporation from 1981–1988 and, following its sale to the Eastman Kodak Company in 1988, as General Manager of the Integration and Systems Products Division and a Vice President of Kodak until 1992. Dr. White also spent nine years with The RAND Corporation where he was the Senior Vice President for National Security Research Programs and a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. John White was a Senior Partner of Global Technology Partners, LLC, which specializes in private equity investments in technology, defense, aerospace and related businesses worldwide. He also served earlier as a Senior Fellow at The RAND Corporation and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was also a director of the Concord Coalition and Center for Excellence in Government. Dr. White received a B.S. from Cornell University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the Maxwell Graduate School, Syracuse University.Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 10:36am