Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Army and U.S. Representative
Patrick J. Murphy
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. In this role, he brings invaluable knowledge and expertise 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. In 2006, Murphy was America's 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, and he later served as the 32nd Under Secretary of the Army until January 2017.
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 as founder of Taking the Hill, and the Executive Chairman of The Workshop Mercantile, a professional education platform.
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, leading the management and operation of the Army – a Fortune 10-sized organization and the nation's second largest employer of over 1.3 million with a budget of $148 billion. His focus on dynamic business operations and transforming a more innovative and responsive workforce led to an expansion of the Soldier for Life initiative. Secretary Murphy also facilitated unprecedented public-private partnerships, from Major League Baseball to 20th Century Fox, and his aggressive and authentic use of social media to tell the Army story helped lead to an 18% growth across all platforms.
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. While serving in Iraq as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, he led a Brigade Operational Law Team and 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, where he currently serves as a Trustee. 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.