Bryan C. Jack was an American economist.
Jack was a Director of Programming and Fiscal Economics at the US Department of Defense. His duties included the fiscal guidance by which the Secretary of Defense annually allocates funding to the military departments and defense agencies and the design and maintenance of the Future Years Defense Program and the development.
He started at the department as an analyst in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation Strategic Forces Division in 1978. His career included contributions to the analysis of United State-Soviet Union positions in the SALT II and START negotiations, to cost analysis of strategic and other weapons systems, to studies of force and program improvements for the NATO alliance, and to the modernization and operation of the Defense Department’s Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System.
He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 1995 and was twice awarded the Defense Exceptional Service Medal (1998 and 2000). He posthumously received the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and the Defense of Freedom Medal.
Jack graduated from Lee High School in Tyler Texas in 1970 as a National Merit Scholar and the male Presidential Scholar for the State of Texas.
He was captain of his debating team at Lee and Texas State Debate Champion. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology with honors in 1974 and studied in Japan as a Henry Luce Scholar in 1974-1975. Jack was a graduate student at CalTech and assistant to Albert Wohlstetter in 1975-1976, and received an MBA from Stanford University in 1978. He received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1991. His advisor was Mancur Olson.
In 2000, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Economics at The George Washington University. He resided in Alexandria, Virginia and New York City with his wife, artist Barbara Rachko. The couple married on June 16, 2001.
Death and recognition
Jack's life story was featured in the 2016 book Finding Fifteen by Tim Oliver.