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Board Profile

Patrick J. Murphy

Patrick J. Murphy
Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Army
and U.S. Representative
The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. 
Murphy was appointed to the Inc. Board in September 2019 for a term extending through April 2022. He brings invaluable knowledge and expertise to this role from a distinguished career in the U.S. military, government, and veterans’ community, as well as firsthand knowledge of defense and national security customers’ needs.
Currently, Murphy is the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, an ambassador for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes initiative, a Senior Fellow at the Association of the U.S. Army, a media executive, and the Executive Chairman of WorkMerk, an education technology company. Murphy also serves on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which was established to support U.S. efforts to deter future cyberattacks, increase coordination between government agencies, and develop expertise to promote American interests in cyberspace.
In January 2016, Murphy was appointed as Under Secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama and served as Acting Secretary of the Army for five months. In 2006, Murphy became the first Iraq War Veteran elected to the U.S. Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District until 2011. He served on the House Armed Services, Select Intelligence, and Appropriations committees.
As a third generation veteran, Murphy was commissioned as a second lieutenant and later served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a criminal prosecutor and as an assistant professor in the Department of Law at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Following 9/11, he served two overseas deployments – Tuzla, Bosnia in 2002 and Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-04, where he earned a Bronze Star for his service.
Murphy is a graduate of King’s College, the University of Scranton ROTC program, and the Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. In addition to teaching at West Point, he has lectured at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the International Institute for Humanitarian Rights in Sanremo, Italy, and at Widener University among others.