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2011 WEST Conference & Exposition
25 - 27 January 2011
San Diego Convention Center
Details available at: www.westconfexpo.org
Co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International, West 2011 is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, shipbuilding, and more. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to engage the military and industry leaders who are designating warfighting strategies and operational platforms.
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San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
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Panel: What Could Flat and/or Declining Defense Budgets Mean for Navy Plans and Programs?
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Panel: Unmanned Systems: A Roadmap to Where?
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Special Tribute -- 100 Years of Naval Aviation -- Grand Reception on Board USS Midway*
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Strategic Dialogue: Where and How Will China Be a Factor?
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Panel: Air-Sea Battle: Next Big Thing -- A Flash in the Pan? |
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Panel: Cyberwarfare: How Do We Make Information a Weapon?
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AFCEA San Diego Chapter Technology Reception on the Exhibit Floor
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Roundtable: How Do We Enhance the Adaptability of the Military Forces We Have?
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Author, Flight of the Intruder
Stephen Coonts is the author of 15 New York Times bestsellers, the first of which was the classic flying tale, Flight of the Intruder.
Born in 1946, Stephen Paul Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a coal-mining town of 6,000 population on the western slope of the Appalachian mountains. He majored in political science at West Virginia University, graduating in 1968 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
He received his Navy wings in August, 1969. After completion of fleet replacement training in the A-6 Intruder aircraft, Mr. Coonts reported to Attack Squadron 196 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. He made two combat cruises aboard USS Enterprise during the final years of the Vietnam War as a member of this squadron. After the war he served as a flight instructor on A-6 aircraft for two years, then did a tour as an assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Nimitz. He left active duty in 1977 and moved to Colorado. After short stints as a taxi driver and police officer, he entered the University of Colorado School of Law in the fall of 1977.
Mr. Coonts received his law degree in December, 1979, and moved to West Virginia to practice. He returned to Colorado in 1981 as a staff attorney specializing in oil and gas law for a large independent oil company.
His first novel, Flight of the Intruder, published in September 1986 by the Naval Institute Press, spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists in hardcover. A motion picture based on this novel, with the same title, was released nationwide in January 1991.
The success of his first novel allowed Mr. Coonts to devote himself full time to writing; he has been at it ever since. He and his wife, Deborah, enjoy flying and try to do as much of it as possible.
Mr. Coonts’ books have been widely translated and republished in the British Commonwealth, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Latvia, and Israel.
Mr. Coonts was a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1990-1998. He was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1992. The U.S. Naval Institute honored him with its Author of the Year Award for the year 1986 for his novel, Flight of the Intruder. Steve and his wife, novelist Deborah Coonts, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Commander, U.S. Third Fleet
Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned as an ensign in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School Program in Newport, RI. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.
Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As commanding officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff for Operations and Plans for commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice to the Mediterranean Sea/Arabian Gulf as part of the George Washington Battle Group. He served as commanding officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and Air Warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005 he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 6. Additionally, he served as commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007. In June 2009, he became the commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Shore assignments include: assistant professor NROTC Unit, Ohio State University; Communications Systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to director Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to deputy chief of staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments (N8), and executive assistant to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Most recently Hunt served as director, Programming Division (N80) Navy staff.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various service medals and unit awards.
Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense
Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) McGrath is the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer and the Department’s Performance Improvement Officer. She was sworn in as the Department’s first Deputy Chief Management Officer, a Senate-confirmed and politically appointed position, on July 1, 2010. In these roles, Ms. McGrath leads the Department’s effort to better synchronize, integrate, and coordinate DoD business operations and serves as the Principal Staff Assistant (PSA) and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for matters relating to management and the improvement of business operations. Ms. McGrath is focused on achieving increased efficiency, greater effectiveness, and improved performance in the Department’s enterprise policies, processes, and systems. She is also responsible for the generation of the DoD Strategic Management Plan.
As part of her duties, Ms. McGrath executes the Department’s primary governance body for business transformation, the Defense Business Systems Management Committee (DBSMC), serves as the Capability Portfolio Co-Manager for the Corporate Management and Support Portfolio, establishes performance goals and measurements for the Department’s business operations, is responsible for implementing DoD’s Continuous Process Improvement/Lean Six Sigma efforts, and is co-leading, with the Director of National Intelligence, an initiative to reform the government-wide security clearance process. Additionally, Ms. McGrath was instrumental in the establishment of the Business Transformation Agency (BTA) in 2005. Her responsibilities require integration and coordination with the other PSA organizations as well as other inter-governmental agencies, such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Preceding her current position, Ms. McGrath served as the Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer and the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation.
Previously, Ms. McGrath served as the Deputy Director for Systems Integration, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). At DFAS, she created financial migration strategy that was executed with a collective budget of approximately $1B over the life cycle. She managed the entire financial architecture supporting DOD-wide standard financial systems, integrating it with the DoD’s evolving target, enterprise architecture. The project scope included logistics, personnel, medical, acquisition and financial missions including many information technology solutions.
Prior to joining DFAS, Ms. McGrath served in a variety of Program Management roles culminating in Program Executive Office (PEO) level oversight responsibility. She possesses extensive knowledge of acquisition-related statutes, regulations and policies with over 20 years applied acquisition experience with Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) and Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS). She served as the Business and Acquisition Manager on an international program with the United Kingdom and held numerous other financial, acquisition and program management positions within the US Department of the Navy.
Ms. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from George Mason University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). She is certified Acquisition Level III in Program Management, Financial Management and Logistics, is a member of the DoD Acquisition Professional Community.
Chief of Staff, Eleventh Coast Guard District
Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck is currently assigned as the Chief of Staff for the Eleventh Coast Guard District located in Alameda, CA. The Eleventh Coast Guard District encompasses the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and California and its coastal and offshore waters, and the offshore waters of Mexico and Central America down to South America. The Eleventh District includes 48 units and it employs over 2,600 active duty, reserve, and civilian employees. These resources carry out Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Marine Safety, and Aids to Navigation missions over 3.3 million square miles of water. His previous assignment was as a Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Strategic Studies Group based in Newport, Rhode Island.
After his initial tour afloat as an engineer aboard the CGC DURABLE, homeported in Brownsville, Texas, Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck has served primarily in the Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection mission areas, including field assignments at Coast Guard Headquarters, Marine Safety Office Tampa, Florida, and as Executive Officer of the Marine Safety Office in Buffalo, New York. For three years following the attacks of 9/11 Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck served as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in San Diego, California, where he implemented security strategies in one of the nation’s most strategic ports.
From 2005 to 2008 Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck served as Commander of Sector Seattle. As Sector Commander, he was responsible for carrying out the responsibilities of the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On Scene Coordinator for oil spills and hazardous substances, Rear Admiral (Sel) of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection for all of Puget Sound, one of the nation’s most challenging port complexes.
He has also served in special assignments as a Congressional Fellow to Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts and as the U.S. Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City. From 2004 to 2005 Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck was a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
Rear Admiral (Sel) Metruck is a native of Massena, New York and a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. In 1993, he graduated from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is the son of the late Stephen G. Metruck and Mary Lou Metruck.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
Mike Petters is corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the world’s leading military shipbuilder.
In this role, Petters is responsible for the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally-powered surface combatants, amphibious and auxiliary ships and nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding has approximately $5.5 billion in revenues and nearly 40,000 employees. Petters is also a member of the company’s corporate policy council.
Prior to this appointment, Petters was president of the company’s Newport News sector. His responsibilities included the Virginia-class submarine program; USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) and CVN 21 aircraft carrier programs; aircraft carrier overhaul and refueling; submarine fleet maintenance; commercial and naval ship repair; and business and technology development.
A native of Florida, Petters earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982. After completing nuclear propulsion training, he was assigned to the USS George Bancroft where he held progressively responsible leadership positions, including reactor controls assistant, communications officer and refueling officer. After joining the Naval Reserve in 1988, he participated in three NATO exercises as submarine control officer. In 1993, Petters earned a master’s in business administration from the College of William and Mary.
Petters joined the company’s Newport News sector in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He has held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the organization. These include production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and for carriers, vice president for aircraft carrier programs, and vice president for contracts and pricing.
Petters was appointed by former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Shipbuilding Association, the Naval Submarine League and is a member of both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He also serves on the Distinguished Advisory Board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.
Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force
Major General Spiese was commissioned via the NROTC program after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May of 1976.
After The Basic School, Major General Spiese was assigned to 3d Battalion, 4th Marines as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer with Company L, and served on the battalion staff. Upon return to CONUS, Major General Spiese was assigned to Marine Barracks, Naval Weapons Station, Concord, CA. In May of 1981 he was assigned to 3d Battalion, 9th Marines as the Commanding Officer of Company I and Battalion S-4. In May 1983 he was transferred to the NROTC Unit, Illinois Institute of Technology as the Marine Officer Instructor.
Leaving Illinois in June 1986, Major General Spiese was posted to Headquarters Marine Corps, serving as the Head of Regular Officer Procurement. Following his tour at Headquarters, he attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College, graduating in May of 1990. After graduation, Major General Spiese was transferred to Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 12 as the Assistant Operations Officer and Ground Combat Liaison.
Major General Spiese was assigned to 6th Marines in July of 1991 as the Executive Officer of 3d Battalion, then Regiment S-3. He assumed command of 2d Force Reconnaissance Company in December 1993. Upon relinquishing command in July 1995, Major General Spiese was reassigned to U.S. Special Operations Command, serving as a Policy Officer dealing with Counter Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Marine Corps matters. Upon his departure from USSOCOM, Major General Spiese attended Top Level School at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies as a Fellow in the Advanced Operational Arts Studies program. He remained a second year serving as a seminar leader for the Advanced Military Studies Program, a second year program for majors attending the Army Command and General Staff College.
Major General Spiese was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in June of 1999 as the Director, Tactical Training Exercise Control Group. He assumed command of the School of Infantry (East) in June of 2001, and was assigned as the Director, Expeditionary Warfare School upon relinquishing command in July of 2003. In March of 2005, Major General Spiese assumed the duties of Commanding General Training Command, Deputy Commanding General Training and Education Command.
Major General Spiese transferred to U.S. European Command and served as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Assessments, in October 2005. He assumed Command of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA, in July 2007. He commanded Training and Education Command in Quantico, VA, from May 2008 to August 2010.
His current assignment, as of September 2010, is Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Major General Spiese has been awarded three Legions of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. He is a Military Freefall Parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver. Major General Spiese has earned a Masters of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.
Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense
Mr. David M. Wennergren serves as the Department of Defense Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, where he is the principal deputy to the DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer and champions the Department’s efforts to better synchronize, integrate, coordinate and improve DoD business operations. His efforts focus on achieving greater effectiveness, increased efficiency and improved performance in the Department’s enterprise policies, processes, and systems. He also serves as the Director of the DoD Business Transformation Agency. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Wennergren served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, where he led the creation and implementation of a unified information management and technology vision for the Department. In addition to these duties, Mr. Wennergren served for five years as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council, as well as serving as the Chair of the Department of Defense Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group and Chair of the Committee for National Security Systems.
Prior to joining the staff of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Wennergren served for four years as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO), during which time he also served as the Department of the Navy’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer. Prior to becoming the DON CIO, he served for four years as the DON Deputy CIO for Enterprise Integration and Security. Past assignments also included, the Head, Plans and Policy Branch within the Shore Installation Management Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), the Economic Support Team Leader on the Department of the Navy's Base Structure Analysis Team (BSAT) during the Navy's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process for BRAC-93 and BRAC-95, Commercial Activities Program planning and review in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics), participating in the Navy’s BRAC-91 process, and working as a management analyst at both the Naval Industrial Resources Support Activity and the Naval Air Technical Services Facility.
Mr. Wennergren received his B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from Mansfield State University. He was a recipient of a Secretary of the Navy Civilian Fellowship in Financial Management, culminating in a Master of Public Policy (MPP) in Public Sector Financial Management from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs. He has received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Department of the Navy Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award. Other honors include being selected as the TechAmerica Terman Award 2010 Government Technology Executive of the Year, the Federal CIO Council 2008 Azimuth Award winner, the Government Computer News 2005 Defense Executive of the Year, the 2006 John J. Franke Jr. Award from the American Council for Technology, the Federal Computer Week 2006 Eagle Award, three Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Awards, the Computerworld Premiere 100 Award, and the 2008 General James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year. He is also honored to have worked in two organizations that were awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Under Secretary of the Navy
Robert O. Work was confirmed as the Under Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 2009. In this capacity, Work serves as the deputy and principal assistant to the secretary of the Navy and acts with full authority of the secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy. Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27-year career, Work held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard J. Danzig, 71st secretary of the Navy.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the senior fellow for maritime affairs, and later as the vice president for strategic studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs. He wrote and spoke extensively on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strategies and programs; directed and analyzed war games for the Office of Net Assessment and Office of the Secretary of Defense; contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
In addition, he studied and prepared several reports on future defense challenges, including the changing nature of undersea warfare, power projection against regional nuclear powers, and power projection against future anti-access/area denial networks. During this time, Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.
In late 2008, Work served on President Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team. In this role, he was the leader of the Department of the Navy issue team, and served on the defense policy, acquisition, and budget teams.
Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
OPNAV N51 Advanced Concepts
Captain Victor G. Addison, Jr. is currently assigned to the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5) as Branch Head for Advanced Concepts. Prior to this, Captain Addison served as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, California. Originally from Massapequa, New York, he graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. After commissioning via Officer Candidate School, Captain Addison was selected for the submarine Strategic Weapons Officer program, completed pipeline training, and reported to USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657) BLUE. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Assistant Weapons Officer, Sonar Officer, Torpedo Officer, and First Lieutenant. Following his Division Officer tour, Captain Addison attended U.S. Naval Postgraduate School from 1985 to 1987, receiving a Master of Science Degree in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology.
After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, Captain Addison reported to USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN 631) BLUE, serving as Weapons Officer from 1988 to 1991. During his five patrols onboard, the ship was awarded the Anti-Submarine Warfare “A” and three consecutive Atlantic Fleet Strategic Weapons System “Top Performer” designations. Captain Addison qualified for Command in Submarines and was selected for transfer to the Restricted Line as an Oceanographer.
From 1991 to 1992, Captain Addison served as Commanding Officer of Oceanographic UNIT TWO, continuously deployed onboard USNS TANNER and USNS HESS. During this period, Oceanographic UNIT TWO was selected as the Naval Oceanographic Office’s “Oceanographic Unit of the Year.”
Captain Addison served as Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment, Barbers Point from 1993 to 1996. He attended U.S. Naval War College from 1996 to 1997, receiving a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction). Captain Addison was also selected as an Advanced Research Fellow, completing a thesis on the subject of coercive diplomacy.
Captain Addison served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / Commander U.S. FIFTH FLEET from 1997 to 2000. Assigned as Staff Oceanographer, he also served concurrently as Deputy Operations Officer and Special Assistant for Regional Engagement. In August 1998, Captain Addison was deployed as Director of Operations for Joint Task Force RESOLUTE RESPONSE to coordinate the recovery of American Embassy Nairobi, Kenya following a terrorist attack.
From 2001 to 2005, Captain Addison was assigned to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs Staff as the Director of Battlespace Awareness (N71R), in the Submarine Warfare Division as Deputy, Undersea Surveillance Branch and as the Director of Requirements and Programs for the Oceanographer of the Navy. He also served as one of the original members of “Deep Blue.”
Captain Addison is authorized to wear several personal and unit awards including the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He is married to the former Karen Sens of Massapequa, New York. They have two sons, and one daughter.
Executive Director, Commander, Naval Air Forces
Mr. Jim Beebe entered the senior executive service and became the first Executive Director for Commander, Naval Air Forces in March 2009. Mr. Beebe directly supports the Commander, Naval Air Forces who is responsible for the Navy's 11 aircraft carriers, 3800 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft and over 180,000 professionals supporting our Naval Air Forces. Prior to reporting to Commander, Naval Air Forces, Mr. Beebe served as the Executive Director for Fleet Maintenance, US. Pacific Fleet responsible for the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of the Pacific Fleet Ship Maintenance budget of approximately $2.6 billion dollars representing approximately 33% of the Pacific Fleet's annual operating budget.
Mr. Beebe began his professional civil service career in 1982 as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He was promoted as the Shift Test Engineer Division training branch head in 1984 responsible for the training, qualification and requalification of over 85 nuclear Shift Test Engineers and Chief Test Engineers.
After 5 years with the shipyard, Mr. Beebe accepted a position at the headquarters of the Commander in Chief, US. Pacific Fleet Headquarters as the Fleet Intermediate Maintenance Manager. His responsibilities included the management of 8 submarine and surface ship tenderslrepair ships and 7 Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activities supporting the Pacific Fleet. He led major Navy efforts to streamline maintenance through the Maintenance Interoperability Initiative the prelude to efforts that has regionalized all ship maintenance in our Navy. His efforts were recognized by his receipt of the Federal Manager of the Year Award for the State of Hawaii in 1993.
In 1995, Mr. Beebe was promoted and reassigned to the Resources, Requirement and Assessments Directorate of Commander in Chief, US. Pacific Fleet where he served as the Fleet Director of Assessments. He returned to the Ship Maintenance Directorate in 1998 and served in several capacities to include Director of Surface Ship and Aircraft Carrier Maintenance, Director of Submarine Maintenance and Fleet Maintenance Rusiness/Financial Manager.
Conjunctively with his Civil Service career Rear Admiral Beebe served as a nuclear submarine officer on two ballistic missile submarines and a fast attack submarine affiliating with the Navy Reserves in 1981. His service included command of five reserve unit to include 3 major commands. Upon selection to Flag in 2002 he served as Director, Submarine Reserves, Deputy Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet and Deputy Commander, Navy Region Hawaii retiring in October 2007 following 32 years of service.
Mr. Beebe is a native of Wahiawa, Hawaii and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1975 receiving a bachelor' s degree in ocean engineering. He is a graduate of several National Defense University and Naval War College courses and the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Course. He is the recipient of the Legion of Merit and several other personal and unit awards from his uniformed service and the Navy Civilian Superior Service Medal.
President, The Whitehall Group, LLC, former Director, Warfare Integration and Assessment, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Daniel R. Bowler is the President, The Whitehall Group, LLC, an independent defense consulting company. In this role he assists companies achieve their strategic goals and marketing initiatives with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
From 2003-2006, Mr. Bowler was the Vice-President, Navy Systems, Sensors and Advanced Technology Solutions in the Washington Operations office of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was responsible for Washington-based business development activities in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government. He promoted Lockheed Martin’s naval sensors, electronics and platform marketing interests for a wide variety of programs and pursuits across the services and the Department of Defense.
In 2006-2007 he served on the Naval Studies Board assessing Distributed Remote Sensing for Undersea Warfare. In 2008 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to the Naval Research Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2003, Mr. Bowler served in the United States Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral with nearly 33 years of service. He was a Surface Warfare Officer with seven sea tours, including command of USS LEFTWICH (DD 984), USS CHOSIN (CG 65), Cruiser Destroyer Group FIVE and the KITTY HAWK Carrier Battle Group. He participated in combat operations in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Balkans. His shore assignments included Navy training and personnel commands, the Navy staff in the Pentagon, and the Joint Staff. Additionally, he served as the 22nd Commandant of the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.
Mr. Bowler has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1970. He was a awarded a Burke Scholarship upon graduation which he used to earn a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1975. Additionally, he has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI program in National Security. He has, also, participated in Executive Programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has taken executive financial management courses at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Space Command
Proud of his Texas heritage, but wanting to see the world, VADM Browne enlisted in the Navy in 1964; and see the world he did.
Trained as a Naval Flight Officer, he commanded two attack aircraft squadrons; two ships, including the aircraft carrier, USS John F Kennedy; a Carrier Battle Group; and the U.S. Third Fleet. He deployed to Viet Nam in the 60s; the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in the 70s; the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the 80s; the Red Sea and Pacific Ocean in the 90s.
Ashore, he commanded Naval Space Command. When he retired in October 2000, he was Deputy US Space Command. His assignments in space were key to his choice of C4I (command and control, communication computers and intelligence) as his profession in the private sector.
After his retirement from the Navy, VADM Browne spent one year at GRCI, an AT&T company.
In October 2001, he was asked to join AFCEA International as President and CEO. During his five and one-half years at the helm of AFCEA, VADM Browne charged the association to provide great service to both government and the information technology (IT) community. The association remains the IT professional’s association of choice.
During his tenure, the association membership grew, annual revenue increased 80% and over $6,000,000.00 in scholarships was awarded to students enrolled in technology curricula.
Since retiring from AFCEA in March 2007, VADM Browne has remained active on C4I advisory boards and panels for the Navy (N-6), Air Force Research Lab (VS), MITRE Corporation, Georgia Tech Research Institute, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the American Small Business Coalition.
He and his wife, Jill, are active horsemen and are members of several horse related associations. They support AFCEA International, the US Navy League, and the Association of Naval Aviation.
While serving in the Navy, Vice Admiral Browne was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal, The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. For his work with the Intelligence Community, he received the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Medal of Distinguished Service and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Medallion for Excellence. In 2004, he was selected to the “The Federal 100” for his support of government/industry partnerships.
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence
Rear Admiral Burroughs is a 1981 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1982. Additionally, Burroughs received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.
Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Nathan Hale (SSBN 623), USS Honolulu (SSN 718), and USS Finback (SSN 670), deploying to the Western Pacific and Mediterranean, as well as conducting four strategic deterrent patrols. Ashore he served at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y., CINCLANTFLT Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board in Norfolk, Va., and on the staff of the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller in Washington, D.C.
Burroughs assumed command of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) in December 1999 where he served until June 2002. In command, he deployed to the South Atlantic and conducted a major shipyard maintenance period.
Burroughs’ acquisition assignments include assistant program manager for Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (PMS 403), program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and major program manager for the SOF Undersea Mobility Program, (PMS 399). He served as chief engineer for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR 5.0) from August 2008 until March 2010.
Burroughs has received various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit (two awards) and the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards).
Chairman, Warfare Analysis and Research Department, Naval War College, Co-Author, What's New About the Air-Sea Battle Concept?
Professor Culora is Chairman of the Warfare Analysis and Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. A former naval aviator with over 3000 flight hours, his command tours include Commanding Officer of the USS Boxer (LHD-4) an amphibious assault carrier and commanding officer of the HSL-47 “Saberhawks,” a maritime strike helicopter squadron based in San Diego, California. He served on the Joint Staff where he helped develop US policy for NATO enlargement and was also Flag Secretary to the Chief of Naval Education and Training. His last tour while on active duty was Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy (N5) on the Navy staff.
From 2001 to 2002, Professor Culora was an Olin Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center. He was also a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 2006-2007.
Professor Culora earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, an MA from the Naval Postgraduate School in International Relations and an MA from the Naval War College in Strategic Studies where he graduated with distinction.
His recent publications include, co-author with Dr. Andrew Erickson, "Arms and Influence at Sea," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009: "What's New About the Air Sea Battle Concept," USNI Proceedings, August 2010, with Jose Carreno, George Galdorisi, and Thomas Hone and "The Strategic Implications of Obscurants," Naval War College Review, Summer 2010.
Professor Culora maintains an active studio near Providence, RI.
National Security Trends and Strategic Issues Analyst, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Dick Diamond is the Strategic Trends and Opportunities Analyst for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Portsmouth, RI.
He came to Hughes Aircraft Company and then to Raytheon following a career in the U.S. Navy as a mostly overseas based cruiser-destroyer sailor, international negotiator, strategic planner and wargamer.
He is a graduate of the University of Dallas, Tulane University Graduate School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dick attended Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as a Federal Executive Fellow. He is currently an Adjunct Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), was a participant in the Bipartisan Asia- Pacific Strategic Policy Revision process and recently became Rhode Island Regional Director of the Naval War College Foundation.
His commands at sea included USS KIRK (FF 1087) and USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), both forward home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. During his numerous Washington, DC assignments, Dick founded the CNO’s first Joint Operations and Doctrine Branch (OP- 607), headed the Strategic Concepts Branch (OP-603) and initiated the Post Cold War strategic reviews, which produced the U.S. Navy’s Future Vision Statements, “From the Sea” and “Forward From the Sea.”
Although specializing now in alternative business futures, competitive assessments and national security trend analysis, Dick is continuing to build on more than twenty-seven years of senior level wargaming and simulations management experience with the Joint Staff, Naval War College, NATO and various agencies of the Washington executive community.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The MITRE Corporation
Mr. Alfred Grasso is president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for developing and leading the corporation's overall strategic and business operations and cultivating key sponsor and customer partnerships. Mr. Grasso is also a member of MITRE's Board of Trustees.
Mr. Grasso has held several leadership and management positions within MITRE since joining the company in 1986. He served as director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Federally Funded Research and Development Center operated by MITRE for the Department of Defense; senior vice president and general manager of MITRE's Washington Command, Control, and Communications (WC3) Center; and vice president and chief information officer. Prior to becoming an officer, Mr. Grasso was technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at MITRE's Fort Monmouth, N.J., operation. Earlier, he worked in the company's Center for Air Force Command and Control Systems. He was appointed president and CEO in 2006.
Under Mr. Grasso's leadership, MITRE has received several prestigious awards recognizing its commitment to public service and technical excellence in a variety of areas. These awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2008); the Air Force Association's Theodore von Karman Award (2008); the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy (2007); and the Information Systems Security Association's Organization of the Year Award (2009). MITRE has also been recognized by Fast Company as one of the "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" (2010); named to Computerworld's list of "100 Best Places to Work in IT" for six consecutive years (2005-2010); named a "Best Place to Work" for aerospace and defense professionals by Aviation Week (2009); and has sustained its inclusion on FORTUNE's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" (2002-2010).
In January 2010, Mr. Grasso was appointed as a member of the Defense Science Board, to which he had previously served as a consultant. He is vice chair of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International Board of Directors, and serves as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and co-chair of the Governance Committee. He is a special advisor to the STRATCOM CYBER Strategic Advisory Group. He is a member of the Stevens Institute Systems Engineering Research Center Advisory Board, the University of Virginia's Department of Systems and Information Engineering, and Howard University's College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences Board of Visitors.
In addition, Mr. Grasso is the president of the Board of Directors of the National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit that works to promote the participation of under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. He has also held positions on the Army Science Board, The Association for Enterprise Information Board of Directors, and the Smith College Picker Engineering Program's Academic Advisory Committee.
Before joining MITRE, Mr. Grasso was with ARINC Research Corporation and with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Mr. Grasso received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1980 and his master's degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1993. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Mark Gunzinger is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Mr. Gunzinger most recently served as a senior advisor to the Air Force for the 2010 QDR. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources. Mr. Gunzinger has been a key player in every major defense review since the end of the Cold War. He supported the Air Force Secretary during the 1993 Bottom-Up Review, 1994 Commission on Roles and Missions, and the 2001 QDR. He is the principal author or co-author of multiple Defense Planning Guidance/Guidance for Development of the Force directives, the key strategic planning guidance documents that shape DoD force planning.
A retired Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot with 3000-plus flight hours, he joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2004, serving OSD/Policy as Director of Resources He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and served as Principal Director of the Department's central staff for the 2005-2006 QDR.
Following the 2006 QDR, he was appointed Director for Defense Transformation, Force Planning and Resources on the National Security Council staff where he championed defense priorities at the national level and played a major role in shaping the 2007 "surge" of US forces in Iraq.
Mr. Gunzinger holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Master of Airpower Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1977). He is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Defense Superior Service Medal, and Legion of Merit Medal.
Professor of Science, Technology and Military History, U.S. Naval Academy, former Director, Strategic Advisory Group, NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan
Ph.D. - University of Maryland, College Park
M.A. - Oxford University
B.S. - U.S. Naval Academy
Other Educational Professional Experience:
Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer
Mr. Terry Halvorsen has been selected to serve as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus effective Nov. 22, 2010. As the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen heads the Office of the DON CIO and is the DON's senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM).
Mr. Halvorsen has oversight for the IM function within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Headquarters Marine Corps. He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards, and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire Department of the Navy. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department's objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department’s Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy.
Prior to joining the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in this position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to this, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 computer network users, all globally dispersed. In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. Mr. Halvorsen was directly involved in establishing governance structure, processes and mechanisms to optimize over $8 billion in Navy resources.
Mr. Halvorsen entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Executive Director, Naval Personnel Development Command, responsible for overseeing all individual training in the Navy. Mr. Halvorsen was personally selected for the Chief of Naval Operations-directed Executive Review of Navy Training, which resulted in the Navy's Revolution in Training. At the conclusion of this project, Mr. Halvorsen was selected as the Director of Task Force Excel Atlantic, charged with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy training. He also served as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education CIO. In February 2006 Mr. Halvorsen was designated Acting Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command.
Mr. Halvorsen entered Federal Civil Service in 1985 as the Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer for Navy Cryptology Training, Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla. He has held numerous positions in the training community to include Deputy for C41 Training, Director Training Policy and Standards, and Director of Assessment, where he was one of the principal architects of the Navy's training reengineering efforts.
He graduated with honors from Widener University with a degree in History. He was a distinguished military graduate and a George C. Marshall award winner. Following graduation, Mr. Halvorsen was commissioned a Regular Army 2LT in May 1980 and attended Army Officer Basic Course and the Intelligence Officer Course. His first assignment was Executive/Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Detachment Pensacola, supporting the Army's training with the Navy. During this tour, Mr. Halvorsen obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.
Mr. Halvorsen's active and reserve tours include Commander, Intelligence Security Detachment Combat Support Coordination Team 1, Republic of Korea; Operations Officer, Directorate of Security, Fort Benning; Commander HHC 361st Civil Affairs Brigade (CAB); Intelligence Officer 361st CAB; and Executive Assistant to the Commanding General, 350th CA Command. Mr. Halvorsen was recalled to active duty numerous times in support of Operation Just Cause, Desert Storm and Joint Task Forces in Central and South America.
Mr. Halvorsen's personal awards include the Superior Civilian Service, Meritorious Civilian Service, Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow.
Director, Advanced Concepts, Lockheed Martin Mission System and Sensors
Captain Harris retired from the U. S. Navy in 1998 after 30 years of commissioned service. A Surface Warfare Officer, he served in a number of surface combatants and aircraft carriers. He commanded USS CONOLLY (DD 979) and Destroyer Squadron 32.
Captain Harris’ shore assignments include: Assistant Professor, Department of Naval Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Long Range Planner, Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director of Programs, SECNAV Office of Legislative Affairs; and, lastly, Executive Director, Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.
He was a key contributor to the development of the Maritime Strategy in the 1980s and From the Sea in the 1990s. He coauthored the Maritime Strategy.
Since retiring from the Navy, Captain Harris has worked for Lockheed Martin where he is Director of Advanced Concepts. He chairs the Navy Strategy Seminar in DC; serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG) at the Naval War College; is a Member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Naval Research Advisory Committee; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore (MD) Council on Foreign Affairs.
Captain Harris holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. He holds an MA degree from the University of Georgia, and he earned his PhD Candidacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology program for senior executives, SEMINAR 21; and he was a Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group.
Captain Harris is the author of over 30 articles in professional journals including the U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings and the Naval War College Review. Most recently he authored a chapter in the book Naval Gazing published by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies of Dalhousie University (Canada).
Author and former Host, Good Morning America
For more than 35 years, David Hartman has produced, written and hosted scores of award winning documentaries for the networks, public television and cable TV. He regularly creates programs about aviation and space for EAA at Oshkosh; the Naval Air Museum, Pensacola; the Flight Test Historical Foundation at Edwards AFB; the Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton and the Naval Institute at Annapolis. His profile of test pilots following the tragic crash of a B?1 bomber at Edwards in 1984 earned him the Aviation and Space Journalism Award and a National News and Documentary Emmy for writing. As the original host of Good Morning America, for over 11 years, he conducted more than 12,000 interviews with subjects ranging from world leaders to families in the American heartland. In March 2010, as panel moderator, he accompanied Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Bob Gilliland, Jim Lovell and Steve Ritchie on a morale boosting tour visiting the troops in Southwest Asia and Northern Arabian Sea. In October, 2010 he accompanied the same three astronauts on another tour of SW Asia bases. He holds a BA in Economics and served three years active duty as an officer in the Strategic Air Command.
former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
Admiral Timothy J. Keating retired in December 2009 after serving for three years as the Commander, United States Pacific Command, headquartered in Honolulu Hawaii. His area of responsibility included over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth. While in command, Admiral Keating visited over 30 countries, meeting diplomats, military officials and commercial leaders to emphasize active engagement with national and international partners in preserving the security and stability upon which the Asia-Pacific region’s success depends.
Prior to his tour at Pacific Command, Admiral Keating was Commander of the United States Northern Command, responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in time of crisis. Simultaneously, he was Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada.
Previous tours include service as the Director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, command of the United States Fifth Fleet and all naval forces in the United States Central Command headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) in the Pentagon, command of the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group stationed in Yokosuka Japan, and Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Admiral Keating held command positions at the Naval Strike Warfare Center, a Carrier Air Wing and an F-18 Squadron. Admiral Keating is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow with the Strategic Studies Group in Newport Rhode Island. He has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time in tactical jets and has landed on Navy aircraft carriers over 1,200 times. In addition to numerous awards from the United States, he has received military decorations from Great Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Singapore. He is a proud honorary Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
Admiral Keating serves several organizations as an international consultant, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a board member of a number of corporate and nonprofit entities.
Head, Global Engagement Department, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. LaPlante is responsible for all of APL’s work in support of offensive military effects including conventional tactical and strategic nuclear weapon systems, their associated Command and Control systems, electronic attack, and related Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance systems. The Global Engagement Department has over 550 employees and consists of two business areas – Precision Engagement and Strategic Systems, and is responsible for two Cross Enterprise Laboratory Initiatives: Net-centric Command and Control and US Strategic Command. Dr. LaPlante has been a member of the Laboratory’s Executive Council since 2003, and is on many other leadership initiatives within JHU/APL. Dr. LaPlante was appointed as member of the Defense Science Board in 2010, and is currently co-chairing a Summer Study on Military Adaptability. Dr. LaPlante has also participated in numerous senior defense panels on subjects such as Missile Defense, remote Conventional Strike, Information Management, and autonomous vehicles sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the Naval Research Advisory Committee, the US Strategic Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics). Prior to his appointment as a Department Head in 2003, Dr. LaPlante was the Associate Department Head of the National Security Technology Department, which includes domains of Undersea Warfare, Homeland Protection, and Biomedicine, and was the day-to-day operations manager of all of JHU/APL’s Undersea Warfare work. Earlier he served as the Program Area Manager for the Strategic Submarine (SSBN) Security Program and was Chief Scientist and Technical Director for several large at-sea experiments. He began his career at APL in 1985 and held various technical positions related to combat systems engineering and evaluation, underwater acoustics, related signal processing, and undersea warfare. Dr. LaPlante is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Catholic University of America and teaches graduate courses in discrete time control systems.
Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command
Rear Admiral Bill Leigher, a native of Appleton, Maine, graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1980 with a Bachelor in Political Science degree. He attended the Naval War College, graduating in 1994 with a Master in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In 1981, he was commissioned as an ensign at Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. His initial assignment was aboard USS Thorn (DD 988) as a communications officer. In 1984, he reported to the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I., as the fleet communications instructor.
In 1987, he was selected for lateral transfer and designated a naval cryptologic officer. Later in 1987, Leigher was assigned to U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Hanza, Okinawa, Japan, as morse and non-morse division officer. In 1990, he was assigned as the staff cryptologist for commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 2 in Charleston, S.C. During this tour he completed two deployments embarked in USS America (CV 66), which included combat action during Operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Southern Watch. In 1992, Leigher was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Detachment, Newport, R.I., as a war-gaming specialist.
In 1995, Leigher was assigned to COMUSNAVEUR in London, England, as the cryptologic operations officer. In 1998, he reported to commander, Naval Security Group Command, Fort Meade, Md., for assignment as deputy director for Information Technology and Communications and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon as the executive assistant to the deputy director for Cryptology. In 2002 he reported to the National Security Agency as a senior operations officer in the National Security Operations Center. In July 2004 he reported as the deputy director for Information Operations at Naval Network Warfare Command.
He recently served as director, Information Operations, Washington, D.C. on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He reported to his current assignment in December 2009.
Leigher wears the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit and campaign medals.
Branch Head, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Strategy)
Captain Munsch, a native of North Dakota, graduated with Most Distinction from the Naval Academy in 1985 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. At Annapolis, he was Brigade Commander of his class and an All-American and national champion pistol shooter. Selected for a Rhodes Scholarship, he attended Oxford University and earned BA and MA degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
After submarine officer pipeline training, Captain Munsch was assigned to four consecutive sea duty assignments. He served as a division officer in USS WILL ROGERS (SSBN 659)(GOLD), followed by Navigator/Operations Officer in USS JEFFERSON CITY (SSN 759). He then became Submarine Operations Officer for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group FIVE before being assigned in USS TUCSON (SSN 770) as Executive Officer.
In 1999, Captain Munsch reported ashore and was assigned to U.S. Pacific Command, where he served in the Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) prior to becoming the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander. In 2000, he was selected for a White House Fellowship and served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture.
Captain Munsch then served as Commanding Officer of USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN 706), completing a refueling overhaul and two overseas deployments. Following command, Captain Munsch served for two years as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and then as Executive Assistant to the Director, Submarine Warfare (OPNAV N87).
From 2008 to 2010, he commanded Submarine Development Squadron 5, where his responsibilities included the three SEAWOLF class submarines, the Navy's submarine rescue capability, the Submarine Force's remotely operated and unmanned undersea vehicles, and the Navy's ocean engineering research and development program.
Presently, Captain Munsch serves as head of the Navy Strategy branch on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
He is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Captain Munsch's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards) and Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (two awards). He also is a recipient of the U.S. Navy League's Decatur Award for operational excellence.
Director, C4 / Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps
BGen Kevin Nally was born in Troy, Ohio, on October 4, 1958. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources.
After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group. During this tour, BGen Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.
In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer.
In 1988, BGen Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia. After graduating in 1989, BGen Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.
In 1992, BGen Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island. In 1995, BGen Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment. In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.
In 1998, BGen Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management.
From 2000 to 2002, BGen Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island. From May of 2002 to July 2003, BGen Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
BGen Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy. Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF. In 2006, BGen Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff. From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA, and as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC. He is currently serving as the Director, C4/CIO for the Marine Corps.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. BGen Nally is married to LCDR Bobbi Dittrich, USN.
Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service
Mr. O'Rourke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received his B.A. in international studies, and a valedictorian graduate of the University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he received his M.A. in the same field.
Since 1984, Mr. O'Rourke has worked as a naval analyst for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He has written numerous reports for Congress on various issues relating to the Navy. He regularly briefs Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, and has testified before Congressional committees on several occasions.
In 1996, Mr. O'Rourke received a Distinguished Service Award from the Library of Congress for his service to Congress on naval issues. Mr. O'Rourke is the author of several journal articles on naval issues, and is a past winner of the U.S. Naval Institute's Arleigh Burke essay contest. He has given presentations on Navy-related issues to a variety of audiences in government, industry and academia.
Deputy Commander, 214th Reconnaissance Group, Davis Monthan Air Force Base
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas "Buzz" Rempfer serves as a Detachment Commander for the Arizona Air National Guard's 214th Reconnaissance Group. Duties include flying MQ-1B Predator missions and standing up a domestic flying operation within Arizona for support of domestic operations. Past USAF and Guard flying assignments included duty as an F-16, F-117 and A-10 pilot. He recently completed a Master of Arts Degree through the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security, a program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, where he received the program’s Outstanding Thesis Award. He also served a special tour as the pilot member for the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Cyberspace Task Force, which created the strategic path for the stand-up of the Air Force Cyber Command. Additional responsibilities include serving as the Arizona Guard’s inter-agency liaison to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DHS for unmanned operations. Future endeavors include leading the Arizona National Guard's initiative to partner with Customs and Border Protection and to promote steady-state Military Assistance to Civil Authorities.
Principal Deputy for Intelligence, Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)
Mr. Simpson is currently the Navy's Principal Deputy for Intelligence at Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) where he serves as the principal advisor for intelligence acquisition activities. In this role, Mr. Simpson drives synergy across PEO C4I's portfolio of transformational ISR, IO and METOC capabilities to meet Fleet requirements, and partners with the greater DoD Intelligence Community to develop the intelligence workforce and leverage best practices and applications.
Mr. Simpson has a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years as a C4I leader within DOD and Team SPAWAR, where he most recently managed the Command & Control (C2) Engineering and Navigation, and Enterprise C2 Divisions at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic). Previously, he served as the Communication Systems Department Business Deputy at SSC Atlantic, where he was responsible for the business planning and operations of a $500 million, 450 employee engineering department.
Prior to that assignment, Mr. Simpson established and managed SPAWAR's European Office in Stuttgart, Germany and was responsible for the overall leadership and management of SPAWAR's technical, operational, business and programmatic efforts across the European and Central Command Areas of Responsibility.
Mr. Simpson joined SPAWAR in 1995 as an engineer in the Intelligence and Information Warfare Systems Department, and subsequently served as Head of the Intelligence Special Projects Engineering Branch, chartered with supporting a wide range of intelligence and special communication program efforts for the Navy and other DOD activities. Mr. Simpson began his professional engineering career at the National
Security Agency (NSA), where he gained broad engineering and program management experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission areas.
Mr. Simpson holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executive Fellows program and the Federal Executive Institute.
Mr. Simpson is a DAWIA Level 3 Certified Acquisition Program Manager, a member of DOD's Acquisition Professional Community, and a NSA Certified Cryptologic Engineer.
Executive Advisor, National Security Programs, Gryphon Technologies LC
Dr. Scott C. Truver is Executive Advisor, National Security Programs, at Gryphon Technologies LC, specializing in national and homeland security, and naval and maritime strategies, doctrines, programs and operations. Since 1972, Dr. Truver has participated in many studies and assessments for government and private industry in the United States and abroad, and has also written extensively for U.S. and foreign publications. He is the author, co-author or editor of numerous papers and reports, several hundred articles, and four books. He assisted in the development of numerous Navy-Marine Corps strategy papers (beginning with ...From the Sea in 1992), policy documents and reports; he supported the interagency task force drafting the U.S. President’s National Strategy for Maritime Security (2005); and he has done extensive work with the U.S. Coast Guard in strategic planning and communications efforts related to Maritime Domain Awareness, the National Fleet Policy, and future capabilities requirements. In addition, he has lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Headquarters Norwegian Navy, EGUERMIN Mine Warfare School, and the Heritage Foundation, among other venues. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Marine Policy Studies (1978)––the first Ph.D. in this field ever awarded by an institution of higher education––and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science/International Relations (1974) from the University of Delaware. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University (1972), and is a 1968 graduate of Forrest Sherman High School, Naples, Italy.
Chief Operating Officer, EchoStorm Worldwide
RADM (Ret) Wachendorf graduated with distinction from U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 with majors in mathematics and Soviet Area Studies-Russian. He has served afloat on both nuclear powered attack and strategic missile submarines of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets including command of USS Parche (SSN-683). He also commanded Submarine Development Squadron FIVE in San Diego, Calif.
His shore assignments included Deputy Assistant for CNO/VCNO Decision Coordination, Branch Head for Antisubmarine Warfare, Chief of Joint Staff Nuclear/Counterproliferation Division, Executive Assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), Director of the OPNAV Strategy and Policy Division (N51), US Defense Attaché to Russia, and Chief of Staff U.S. Joint Forces Command. RADM (Ret) Wachendorf studied international relations in the German language as an Olmsted Scholar at the University of Zurich, received a Master of Science in Engineering degree from The Catholic University, attended the Senior Officials in National Security program at Harvard University, and graduated from the Senior Officer Course at the Naval War College.
RADM (Ret) Wachendorf retired from active duty in 2008. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of EchoStorm Worldwide, LLC in Suffolk, Virginia.
Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance
David W. Weddel is a native of Kearney, Nebraska with a Bachelors degree from the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Administration from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota.
Commissioned via Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1972 he served afloat in USS Edward McDonnell (FF-1043), USS Sampson (DDG-lO), USS Semmes (DDG-18), USS McCloy (FF-1038) and USS Kauffman (FFG-59) as Executive Officer, and USS Gary (FFG-51) as Commanding Officer, and as Assistant Chief of Staff for C41 (N6) for Commander Seventh Fleet.
Ashore he served as NROTC instructor at the University of Minnesota, with Commander Task Force 24/84 as surface operations officer, OPNAV-094, and OPNAV N62. Mr. Weddelleft active duty Naval Service in January of2000.
Upon retirement he was employed by Anteon Corporation, Arlington, Virginia from 2000 through January of2003 supporting the Navy's MIDS and Link 16 projects, development of the Korean Tactical Data Link Improvement plan and IUSS end-to-end assessment.
In February of2003 Mr. Weddel was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) with an initial assignment as the Director, SPA WAR Washington Liaison Office (WLO) representing Commander, SPAW AR Systems Command in various venues within the National Capital Region to include interaction with NAVSEA, NAV AIR and NAVSUP, OSD, Navy and Joint Staff Mr. Weddel was selected for and served as the Deputy OPNAV N71 in 2005.
Mr. Weddel was selected as Deputy DCNO for Communications and Networks (OPNAV N6B) in November of2006. In this capacity he was the Senior SES and civilian advisor to V ADM Edwards and V ADM Harris (OPNAV N6) on all issues related to the development of Navy Program Objectives, Resourcing and Planning for all Communications and Network programs, as well as snpporting his role as the Deputy Department of Navy Chief Information Officer (DDCIO).
In November 2009, OPNAV N6 merged with OPNAV N2 forming OPNAV N2/N6 Information Dominance. Mr. Weddel was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. In this role he has been tasked to assist in leading the Navy into the Information Age. Working with Mr. Weddel are six Flag Officers, four SES's and the OPNAV N2/N6 staff who manage a portfolio of 140 programs of just under $12.4B dollars per year.
Associate Professor of Public International Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Dr. Xinjun Zhang is an Associate Professor of Public International Law at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research interests include the Law of the Sea, International Environmental Law, Non-proliferation Law and the Law of Treaties. He is the Executive Director of the Center for the Law of the Sea Study in Tsinghua Law School, also a member of International Law Association (ILA), participating ILA Committee on the Legal Principles relating to Climate Change.
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