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  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Press (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967859409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967859408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh E. Montgomery is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, following a 35-year career as a Naval scientist and Senior Executive. He served for five years in an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment as the Executive Director of the Institute for Defense and Homeland Security, and also served as a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Energy Strategy. He has focused his efforts on two strategic goals: (1) national energy security; and (2) reinvigoration of the national Science and Technology base and Research and Development infrastructure. Mr. Montgomery served for 16 years on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. As the Department of Navy senior career civilian for Science and Technology requirements and resources, he was Resource Sponsor of a $3 billion R&D account, including all S&T programs executed by the Office of Naval Research. He was the creator of Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATDs) for technology transition and an architect of the Future Naval Capabilities planning process.

Mr. Montgomery was the first civilian Technical Director of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and served for four years on the senior staff of the Office of Naval Technology. As the first DON Industry Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Manager, he created and managed the system for oversight and assessment of the multi-billion dollar industry IR&D investment. Earlier senior assignments included Director of Research, Naval Sea Systems Command; Deputy Director, Explosives Division, and Head Technology Branch, Naval Surface Warfare Center. Mr. Montgomery served for 12 years as a Spotsylvania County Planning Commissioner, and is active currently on the Virginia Commission on Energy and Environment and the Virginia Transportation Accountability Commission.

Mr. Montgomery received a BS Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Mississippi College and an MS Degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee. His Physics Ph.D. was completed but not formally awarded, after two dissertation topics each became classified. He also is an International Security Policy graduate of the Kennedy School of Harvard University and an alumnus of the Federal Executive Institute.

Mr. Montgomery lectures frequently on national and international Science and Technology policy, and has published as an authority on R&D, energy and incendiary materials. He was the first person to receive twice the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Navy’s highest civilian award.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MEM on March 10, 2011
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I had the privilege of hearing Hugh Montgomery present major points form this book. Not only does this book gives the outsider a view of the inside, but it also gives the insider a DEEPER view of the bureaucracy and politics of the systematic organization. It was an excellent read as far as informing is concerned. It will definetly be my guidebook from here out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWR on February 11, 2011
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Hugh Montgomery is a giant in the Navy's world of science and technology. He has dedicated his life to improving the Navy's research and development community. Mr. Montgomery knows how to get things done in a most difficult and complex Federal Government bureaucracy. This book is a must read for anyone who operates in this arena or just wants to know how the system works. The book is a treasurer. Mr. Montgomery is very knowledgeable and one of finest men I've known.
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The Pentagon is the command center for the arguably most powerful military force in the world. "Bureaucratic Nirvana: Life in the Center of the Box: Gaining Peace, Enlightenment, & Potential Funding in the Pentagon R&D Bureaucracy" is a memoir and expose on how the research and development department of the Pentagon functions as Hugh Montgomery focuses on his four decades of experience to grant insight on the problems that can plague the system as well as where it can help. From budget all the way down, the Pentagon has a complex hierarchy. "Bureaucratic Nirvana" is a fascinating and enlightening read into how the Pentagon is run, highly recommended.
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