Defense News has published a feature article titled "100 Most Influential People: U.S. Defense," that listed Association of the United States Army officials, AUSA members and former employees, along with current and former Army leaders as the most influential and knowledgeable Americans in the national defense arena.
Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., president of the Association of the United States Army and the 32nd Army chief of staff, was cited as the "chairman of the board of the United State Army," who for more than 17 years after retiring, uses "his position (for fourteen years) as chief of America’s professional" military association to fight for his "beloved service."
AUSA, under his leadership, is a "vibrant advocate for Army programs, soldiers and their families. When the Army wants to sell a program, Sullivan and AUSA are almost always part of the plan."
Other AUSA leaders
Rudy deLeon, senior vice president, national security and international policy, Center for American Progress, and a member of the AUSA Council of Trustees and the Defense Policy Board, who served as the deputy secretary of defense, the under secretary of the Air Force and staff director, House Armed Services Committee.
Marilyn Hewson, president and chief operating officer, Lockheed Martin, and a member of AUSA’s Council of Trustees
Linda Hudson, chief executive officer, BAE North America; AUSA sustaining member and a former member of the Association’s Council of Trustees
Mike Bayer, former chairman, Defense Industry board, and a former member of the AUSA Council of Trustees
Doug Bush, minority staff member, House Armed Services Committee; former Army officer and AUSA Institute of Land Warfare national security analyst
Mackenzie Eaglen, scholar, American Enterprise Institute, a former Heritage Foundation research fellow and AUSA Institute of Land Warfare national security analyst
Jim McNerney, chairman and chief executive officer, Boeing; AUSA sustaining member
Bill Swanson, chairman and chief executive officer, Ratheon; AUSA sustaining member
Sean O’ Keefe, chairman and chief executive officer, EADS of North America; AUSA sustaining member
Phebe Novakovic, president and chief operating officer, General Dynamics; AUSA sustaining member
Tom Captain, vice chairman, aerospace and defense leader, Deloitte; AUSA sustaining member
Wes Bush, chief executive officer, Northrop Grumman; AUSA sustaining member
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff
Gen. Lloyd Austin, Army vice chief of staff
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler
Gen. Keith Alexander, director, National Security Agency; chief, Central Security Service; commander, U.S. Cyber Command
Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander, U.S. Northern Command
Gen. David Rodriguez, commander, U.S. Army Forces Command, nominated to command, U.S. Africa Command
Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command
Lt. Gen. Robert Lennox, principal deputy director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga.
Col. Pete Newell, director, Rapid Equipping Force
Retired Army leaders
Gen. Peter Chiarelli, USA, Ret., former Army vice chief of staff
Gen. David Petraeus, USA, Ret., former CIA director