Jonathan Etherton, President of Etherton and Associates, Inc., has over 30 years of experience working in and with Congress and the Executive Branch on national security funding and acquisition policy issues.
He served 18 years as a staff member in the United States Senate, including 14 years on the professional staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. While serving on the Committee staff, Jon Etherton was responsible for managing public policy and budget issues before the Subcommittee on Acquisition and Technology, including; acquisition policy, funding for technology base and research and development programs, industrial base policy and selected defense trade issues. Serving as the principal Republican committee staff member for acquisition policy and reform from 1985 to 1999, he played a leading role in the development and enactment of such legislation as the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996 (also known as the Clinger-Cohen Act).
After leaving Capitol Hill in February 1999, Jon Etherton served first as Assistant Vice President, then Vice President, for Legislative Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association of America.
Jon Etherton served as a member of the Acquisition Advisory Panel, a Federal Advisory Committee appointed pursuant to section 1423 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 to review and make recommendations on all Federal acquisition laws, policies and regulations. Jon Etherton is a member of the Procurement Roundtable, a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Contract Management Association and also serves as the Senior Fellow for Acquisition Reform at the National Defense Industrial Association.
Jon Etherton has received special recognition and several awards, including a Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award in 1995, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) Procurement Innovation Award in 1999, and the David D. Acker Skill in Communication Award from the Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association in 2004.