Jack Bell served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense from August 2005 to January 2009. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on logistics and materiel readiness in the Department of Defense. He was the principal logistics official within the senior management of the Department of Defense.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Bell served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army and earlier served as the first Chief of Staff of the State Department’s Afghanistan Reconstruction Group (ARG) in Kabul, Afghanistan, advising the President’s Special Envoy and Ambassador to Afghanistan, and Ministers of the government of Afghanistan on efforts to accelerate political stability, reconstruction, and economic development, including private sector development.
Before that, Mr. Bell had a successful career in the private sector, specializing in transformation management in large complex organizations facing major challenges in their operational, market, and/or competitive environments. His work included service as Chief Financial Officer and other senior management positions at US Airways, American Airlines, Burlington Northern Railroad, Adobe Systems, and Conner Peripherals. He also served as a venture advisor to and board member of start-up information technology companies in Silicon Valley. Earlier, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, working on transformation challenges with such clients as the World Bank, Office of Management and Budget, and the Peace Corps.
Mr. Bell began his career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served tours in Vietnam, Okinawa, and the Caribbean rising to the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Presidential Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Mr. Bell earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina.