Linda Hudson

Hudson's long list of firsts — which includes being the first woman to head a major Department of Defense contractor — represents the collective progress women have made in the U.S. since her childhood.

In his article titled, "Linda Hudson, First Female CEO in Defense, Reflects on What It Takes," Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute chronicles Hudson's truly inspirational journey to the top of the traditionally male-dominated defense industry — opportunities, obstacles, and all.