David Melcher

Member-Managers Board at General Motors Defense

David Melcher

David Melcher

Member-Managers Board at General Motors Defense

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ITT Defense Electronics & Services
ITT Defense & Information Solutions
Aerospace Industries Association

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President & Chief Executive Officer at SBG Technology Solutions, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Bulls Advisory Group LLC

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Former Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at Textron, Inc.

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Former Chief Communications Officer & Vice President at Exelis, Inc.

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Director at Anteon International Corporation

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Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer at Cubic Corp.

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Chief Operating Officer at Aerospace Industries Association

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Former Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer at Delta Tucker Holdings, Inc.

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Chairman of the Board of Governors at Aerospace Industries Association

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Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer at Aerospace Industries Association

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David Melcher
Member-Managers Board at General Motors Defense
Masters' Degree in Public Administration
Class of 1996

Shippensburg University was established in 1871 as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. The school received official approval by the state on February 21, 1873, and admitted its first class of 217 students on April 15, 1873. In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering

West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in 1778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in 1779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a 150-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold's treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. Several soldiers and legislators, including Washington, Knox, Hamilton and John Adams, desiring to eliminate America's wartime reliance on foreign engineers and artillerists, urged the creation of an institution devoted to the arts and sciences of warfare. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802. He took this action after ensuring that those attending the Academy would be representative of a democratic society. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, the "father of the Military Academy," served as Superintendent from 18l7-1833. He upgraded academic standards, instilled military discipline and emphasized honorable conduct. Aware of our young nation's need for engineers, Thayer made civil engineering the foundation of the curriculum. For the first half century, USMA graduates were largely responsible for the construction of the bulk of the nation's initial railway lines, bridges, harbors and roads. After gaining experience and national recognition during the Mexican and Indian wars, West Point graduates dominated the highest ranks on both sides during the Civil War. Academy graduates, headed by generals such as Grant, Lee, Sherman and Jackson, set high standards of military leadership for both the North and South. The development of other technical schools in the post-Civil War period allowed West Point to broaden its curriculum beyond a strict civil engineering focus. Following the creation of Army post-graduate command and staff schools, the Military Academy came to be viewed as the first step in a continuing Army education. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. "Every cadet an athlete" became an important goal. Additionally, the cadet management of the Honor System, long an unofficial tradition, was formalized with the creation of the Cadet Honor Committee. Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Arnold, Clark, Patton, Stilwell and Wainwright were among an impressive array of Academy graduates who met the challenge of leadership in the Second World War. The postwar period again saw sweeping revisions to the West Point curriculum resulting from the dramatic developments in science and technology, the increasing need to understand other cultures and the rising level of general education in the Army. In 1964, President Johnson signed legislation increasing the strength of the Corps of Cadets from 2,529 to 4,417 (more recently reduced to 4,000). To keep up with the growth of the Corps, a major expansion of facilities began shortly thereafter. Another significant development at West Point came when enrollment was opened to women in 1976. Sixty-two women graduated in the class of 1980, to include Andrea Hollen, Rhodes Scholar. Just as women are a vital and integral part of the U.S. Army, so they are at West Point. In recent decades, the Academy's curricular structure was markedly changed to permit cadets to major in any one of more than a dozen fields, including a wide range of subjects from the sciences to the humanities.


Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.


White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Career History
Member-Managers Board

General Motors Defense engages in designing and production of light armoured military vehicles. The company is headquartered in London, Canada.

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
2015 - 2017

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), founded in 1919 only a few years after the birth of flight, is the premier trade association representing major aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers in the United States.

Chief Executive Officer & President
2011 - 2015

Stepping out from under the multi-industry umbrella, ITT Exelis is more agile, more attuned to market opportunities and better able to provide advanced technologies and services to combat everything from chemical attacks and computer hackers to radio-controlled roadside bombs and recurrent brain cancer cells.We're a company on the rise, with an eye on next generation innovations in communications, composites, air traffic management, information and cyber solutions, space missions and C4ISR. Building on our foundation of expertise and ingenuity, we're set to achieve new levels of excellence and open up a world of possibilities for our customers. ITT Exelis provides mission-critical, next generation solutions for the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance market. At ITT Exelis, we build advanced technologies that perform flawlessly whether they are far above the earth or in the middle of a ground-based firefight. Our product portfolio is closely aligned with the growing C4ISR market segment. We give customers the ability to do more in the areas of C4ISR.

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The White House Fellows Association was established in 1966 to serve as an alumni group for all former White House Fellows. The White House Fellows Foundation was established in 1969 to serve as the fiduciary agent for nongovernmental contributions for the support of the White House Fellows Program. In 2006, the two organizations were merged into the White House Fellows Foundation and Association (WHFFA).

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Awards & Honors
GAMCO Management Hall of Fame
The Hill – Top Lobbyists, Associations
Registered Professional Engineer in New Hampshire
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