Josh Martin

Vice President for Government Affairs at American Defense International, Inc.

Prior to joining ADI in 2019, Josh served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill and in Texas State Government for close to 20 years. Most recently Josh served as the Chief of Staff for the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry.  In that role, he helped manage and coordinate Congressman Thornberry’s efforts at the committee, including DOD organizational and acquisition reforms, an emphasis on improving the Department of Defense innovation ecosystem and accelerating the development of important technology to get it in the hand of the warfighter, and increasing the overall Defense budget.  During his 10 years as Congressman Thornberry’s Chief of Staff, he also spearheaded several special projects relating to land use and encroachment issues impacting communities and military installations, National Nuclear Security Administration budgetary and work site labor issues, and a variety of efforts to ensure adequate support of the U.S. defense industrial base.  Josh was also responsible for member and staff outreach across the Armed Services Committee and U.S. House during the annual National Defense Authorization Act process.

Prior to joining Congressman Thornberry’s staff, Josh was Senator Burr’s Health Policy Director, where he worked on issues such as biotechnology innovation, Food and Drug Administration regulatory oversight and drug approval processes, increased food safety coordination between FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and health insurance market reform.  His transition to the Senate was preceded by six years working on many of the same issues for Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., a key member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as his Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff.