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Dr. J.D. Crouch II

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J.D. Crouch II (2014)

Dr. J.D. Crouch II was elected by the USO Board of Governors to become the 23rd President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Service Organizations (USO), effective July 28, 2014.

Dr. Crouch was Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ North America until May 2014, when he exited following the successful divestiture of QNA by the parent company. He was President of the Technology Solutions Group of QinetiQ North America from November 2009 to March 2013. He assumed this role from the position of QinetiQ’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Development. QinetiQ is a global  company offering services and products spanning many areas of business, aerospace, defense and security.

He was Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor until June 2007. He was a senior advisor to the President on national security matters and chaired the sub-cabinet Deputies Committee. He has also served on several government advisory boards, currently including the Defense Policy Board.

Dr. Crouch served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania in 2004 - 2005, managing this complex relationship at the time of Romanian military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the negotiation of a U.S. military presence in Romania. 

Dr. Crouch served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 2001 - 2003.

From 1993 to 2001, and late 2003 to 2004, Dr. Crouch was Associate Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

He co-founded PalmGear.com in 1995, the Internet’s leading source of Palm OS software.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Crouch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. From 1986 to 1990, he was the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Malcolm Wallop and served as the Senator’s staff designee on the Senate Armed Services Committee. From 1984 to 1986, he worked for Assistant Director for Strategic Programs in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was an advisor to the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Arms Talks with the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Crouch has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He received the Alumni Merit Award from the University of Southern California in 2006 and Military Merit Grand Cross with White Ribbon, from the Kingdom of Spain in 2003. He was the Missouri Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2000.

Dr. Crouch served pro bono for ten years as a reserve deputy sheriff in southwest Missouri, and as a member of a multi-county Special Response Team. Dr. Crouch also served as an adult leader to a Scout Venture Crew and as a Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster.

Dr. Crouch holds a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. 

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