Johnson was invited to participate in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meetings in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. In 2009, he served on the New Frontiers of Conflict panel where he discussed new trends in conflict and countries’ ability to respond to them. In 2010, he served on the Rethinking the Global Commons: Space panel where he discussed the current issues of space debris and the international collaboration required to mitigate future effects. He served on the Space Security Council during the 2010 World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda where over 600 of the foremost global experts from business, government, academia, and civil society worked together to address the key issues on the global, regional, and industry agendas.
During the 2011 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, he served on The Science Agenda in 2011 session, where he represented industry. The panel discussed the trends and norms facing the global science agenda. Johnson stressed the need for bold investments in scientific research and development, global collaboration and innovation, and new business models that keep pace with rapidly changing technology. He summarized by stating that we do not have the scientific underpinnings to solve many of the world's most challenging problems.
For the 2012 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, he was a member of the Davos Open Forum panel, A Day Without Satellites. The panel discussed the importance of space, the associated technologies, and the current and future space-related challenges. He currently serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security.
In 2013, Johnson participated in four World Economic Forum Annual Meeting sessions: Manufacturing for Growth - Strategies for Driving Growth and Employment, where he led a discussion on advanced manufacturing; Cyber Resilience, where he led a Critical Infrastructure Protection group; Hyperconnected World Cross-Industry CEO Session, where the need for a dynamic resilience of billions of people, process, and things was discussed; Panel Member of the Future of Space session, which extended the 2012 Space Session discussions emphasizing the importance of space for solving many global challenges and the associated global dependence on space-based capabilities. In 2014, Johnson was recognized by the Industrial Research Institute with their Maurice Holland Award for the article "Tools for Managing Early-Stage Business Model Innovation," which he co-authoed with Lockheed's VP of International Engineering and Technology, John D. Evans, and published in Research-Technology Management in late-2013.
Johnson was a driving force behind the International Academy of Astronautics, Heads of Space Agencies Summit, held in Washington, DC in November, 2010. The heads of space agencies from 30 nations met to discuss the future of space collaboration in the areas of Human Spaceflight, Planetary Robotic Exploration, Disaster Management, and Climate Change.
Johnson is a Full Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Johnson Chairs the Council on Competitiveness Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Johnson was the Chief Operating Officer for Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI), of Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to that, he held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Concepts Business Unit.
Johnson was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2001 to 2005, where he chaired the 2003 Summer Study titled, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Perspective: Effects, Capabilities, and Technologies and co-chaired the 2002 Summer Study titled, Predictive Battlespace Awareness. He participated in several additional Summer Studies and Science and Technology Reviews.
His Air Force career included assignments in communications and electronics; laser physics, systems design, and analysis; electro-optic systems research and development; system and platform survivability design and analysis; and command and control. He served in the Tactical Air Command, United States Air Force Security Service, Electronic Security Command, Strategic Air Command, Air Force Systems Command, Air Training Command, and Air Force Material Command.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, where he received the Hall of Fame award from the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology in 2010, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received the Distinguished Alumni award in 2010.
Johnson served as a member of the Sandia Corporation and the National Math and Science Initiative Boards of Directors. He was a member of the Governing Board of the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and a sponsor of the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program. He served as Vice President in the International Astronautical Federation, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Associates of the STS Forum. Johnson is a member of the Board of Visitors for the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the School of Computing, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the Board of Affiliates of the Rice University Professional Science Master's Program, a member on the governing board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative, and the chairman of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Advisory Board.