Syracuse University; Cornell University.
White is the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1995 to 1997, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978 to 1981, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics from 1977 to 1978, and as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1961. Prior to his most recent government service, Doctor White was the Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and the Chairman of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.
His extensive private-sector experience includes service as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Systems Corporation from 1981 to 1988 and, following its sale to the Eastman Kodak Company in 1988, as General Manager of the Integration and Systems Products Division and as a Vice President of Kodak until 1992.
White currently serves as a director of L-3 Communications Corporation, IRG International, Incorporated., and the Institute for Defense Analyses, as well as the Concord Coalition and Center for Excellence in Government. White graduated from Cornell University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Surgery in industrial and labor relations.
He later received an Master of Arts in economics and public administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in labor economics from Syracuse University in 1964 and 1969, respectively.
In nine years with the Research and Development Corporation, he was the Senior Vice President for National Security Research Programs and a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Research and Development Corporation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Military Compensation, and the Policy and Global Affairs Oversight Committee of the National Research Council.