LEAP Event: "Responsible, Accountable, and Ethical Leadership: My Own Journey" with General John Jumper

Virtual Zoom Event

General John Jumper
General John Jumper

Virtual Event

General Jumper reflects on his four decades of distinguished military service. He will explore leadership and ethical challenges he encountered, as well as lessons for the rising generation of international affairs practitioners.



General John Jumper joined the private sector in September 2005 following an extraordinary 39-year military career, including serving as the 17 th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force leading more than 700,000 men and women through the Global War on Terrorism. He administered annual budgets of more than $100 billion and oversaw the introduction of numerous air and space combat systems, from the F-22 fighter to the Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk unmanned systems. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he provided military advice directly to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. 

Prior to his position as Chief of Staff, General Jumper served as a wartime commander during conflicts in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo. He also served as Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and Secretary Les Aspin. He has accumulated 5000 flying hours that includes more than 1400 combat hours in Vietnam and the Middle East. 

Following his service in the Air Force, John served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SAIC, then an $11B public company. During his tenure he led a transformational separation of the company and continued as Chairman and CEO of the new public company, Leidos, until his retirement in 2014. He also served as lead director on the board of Rolls-Royce North America and as Chairman and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution that opened in Philadelphia in 2017. John also served for eight years on the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, including a term as President of the board. He currently serves on three public company boards: Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., NACCO Industries, and Hamilton Beach Brands. His continuing service on the board of the Museum of the American Revolution includes his role as Chairman of the 2026 Committee, a distinguished group of historians and thought leaders addressing the obligations of responsible citizenship as we approach the nation’s 250 th anniversary. John graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1966 with a degree in electrical engineering. He also earned an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1978. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Spotsylvania, Virginia. They have three daughters with families: Catherine, a Colonel in the Virginia Air National Guard; Janet, a critical care Nurse Practitioner; and Melissa, an active-duty major, civil engineer. All served in the Air Force and have blessed the family with five grandchildren.