Joseph Yakovac, Lieutenant General, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Yakovac retired from the United States Army in 2007, concluding over 35 years of military service. His last assignment was Director of the Army Acquisition Corps and Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. In those roles, Lieutenant General Yakovac managed a dedicated team of military and civilian acquisition experts to make sure America’s soldiers received state-of-the-art critical systems and support across a full spectrum of Army operations. He also provided critical military insight to the Department of Defense senior civilian leadership on acquisition management, technological infrastructure development, and systems management.
Previously, Lieutenant General Yakovac worked in systems acquisition, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command; in systems management and horizontal technology integration for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; and Program Executive Officer Ground Combat Systems. He has also served as executive officer and branch chief for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and as a brigade operations officer and battalion executive officer, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command.
Lieutenant General Yakovac was commissioned in the infantry upon his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander in mechanized infantry units, and Battalion Commander of 2-12 Infantry. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder before returning to West Point as an Assistant Professor.
Lieutenant General Yakovac is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has earned the Expert Infantry Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and for his service has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit three times and the Army Meritorious Service Medal seven times.
Lieutenant General Yakovac joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor in 2008. He has been with the UT Fellowship since 2010.
Dougald MacMillan II, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Dougald MacMillan II serves as the Program Coordinator for the Army War College Fellowship and as Research Associate, LBJ Centennial Chair in National Policy, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Master of Public Affairs degree in 2002 at the LBJ School and taught Organizational Leadership in the College of Communication from 2005-2007.
Lieutenant Colonel MacMillan graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1975 and was commissioned in the Infantry. He served with the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft Hood, Texas; twice with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, North Carolina; on the Commandant’s Staff at West Point; with the 8th Infantry Division in Mainz, Germany; as Assistant Inspector General, Army Criminal Investigation Command, Washington, DC; on the Army Chief of Staff’s Congressional Activities Team in the Pentagon; and with the 18th Airborne Corps, Ft Bragg. His awards include the Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist wings, Pathfinder Badge, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), British and German jump wings.