Jaymie A. Durnan is Deputy Assistant to the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, the nation’s premiere federally funded Department of Defense research, development and prototyping center. A member of the New York State Bar, he served from 1992 to 1999 as a Senior Vice President and Special Counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes Holding Inc. He has also served as a Product Line Manager at BAE Systems; a Partner at Radius Capital Partners, a private investment firm; and as the Managing Member of Woodbury Hill Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm counseling companies from startup to the Fortune 200.
In government, Jaymie served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Department of Defense in the Barack Obama administration. A retired naval officer, he served as a carrier-based naval aviator; an operations analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; an Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations; a member of staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting arms control negotiations; a Military Assistant to Director of the Office of Net Assessment where he pursued topics related to forecasting future capabilities and alternative security environments; and a Military Social Aide to the President of the United States. For his service, he has received some of the highest Defense Department non-combat awards including, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Jaymie is the Chairman of the Andrew W. Marshall Foundation; a director of Siga Technologies, Inc.; and an advisor to Orthozon Technologies llc. He has served as a director or trustee for MacAndrews & Forbes Worldwide Corp.; Swift Prepaid Solutions; kSARIA Corp.; Defensewerx; Antioch New England University; and, Unity College. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and the Georgetown University School of Law.