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Commander, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan and Commander, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan
General John R. Allen assumed his duties as the Commander, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan and United States Forces - Afghanistan on 18 July 2011.
Following commissioning, he attended The Basic School and was assigned to Second Battalion, 8th Marines where he served as a platoon and rifle company commander. His next tour took him to Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington D.C. where he served at the Marine Corps Institute and as a ceremonial officer. General Allen then attended, and was the Distinguished Graduate of the Postgraduate Intelligence Program of the Defense Intelligence College. He would serve subsequently as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Returning to the Fleet Marine Force in 1985, he commanded rifle and weapons companies and served as the operations officer of Third Battalion, 4th Marines. During this period he received the Leftwich Leadership Trophy. In 1988, General Allen reported to the Naval Academy where he taught in the Political Science Department and also served as the Jump Officer and Jump Master of the Academy. In 1990, he received the William P. Clements Award as military instructor of the year.
General Allen reported to The Basic School as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course from 1990-1992 and was subsequently selected as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, serving as a special assistant on the staffs of the 30th Commandant and the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. In 1994, he served as Division G-3 Operations Officer for the Second Marine Division and subsequently assumed command of Second Battalion, 4th Marines; re-designated as Second Battalion, 6th Marines. This unit served with JTF 160 in Operation SEA SIGNAL during Caribbean contingency operations in 1994, and as part of the Landing Force of the 6th Fleet in Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR during Balkans contingency operations in 1995-1996.
Following battalion command, General Allen reported as the Senior Aide de Camp to the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, ultimately serving as his Military Secretary. He commanded The Basic School from 1999 to 2001, when he was selected in April 2001 to return to the Naval Academy as the Deputy Commandant. General Allen became the 79th Commandant of Midshipmen in January 2002, the first Marine Corps officer to serve in this position at the Naval Academy.
General Allen's first tour as a General Officer was as the Principal Director, Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he occupied for nearly three years. From 2006-2008, General Allen served as Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and Commanding General, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, deploying to Iraq for OIF 06-08, serving as the Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Force - West (MNF-W) and II MEF (Forward) in the Al Anbar Province. General Allen's most recent tour as a General Officer was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, a position he held from July 2008 - June 2011.
General Allen graduated with military honors from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. He is a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of four awards.
Foreign awards include the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class; the Gold Medal of the Polish Armed Forces; the Polish Afghan Star Medal; and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat
former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and The Inaugural Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies Center for Strategic and International Studies
General Cartwright served as the eighth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation's second highest ranking military officer.
As Vice Chairman, General Cartwright chairs the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Co-Chairs the Defense Acquisition Board, and serves as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council and the Missile Defense Executive Board. In addition, he Co-Chairs the Deputies Advisory Working Group, which provides advice to the Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England on resourcing and other high level departmental business issues.
General Cartwright was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in November 1971. He completed Naval Flight Officer training in April 1973 and graduated from Naval Aviator training in January 1977. He has operational assignments as an NFO in the F-4, and as a pilot in the F-4, OA-4, and F/A-18. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, received his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and completed a fellowship with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
General Cartwright's command assignments include: Commander, United States Strategic Command (2004-2007); Commanding General, First Marine Aircraft Wing (2000-2002); Deputy Commanding General, Marine Forces Atlantic (1999-2000).
General Cartwright's joint staff assignments include: Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8 the Joint Staff (2002-2004); Deputy Director for Force Structure, Requirements, J-8 the Joint Staff (1996-1999).
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.
Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander.He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.
As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson.Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point.In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM.Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command.From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.Following this assignment as the Army’s “senior scout” he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard.In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005.He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I.From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command.Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
GENDempsey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.In addition to his Masters’ Degree in English, he holds Masters’ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.
Director, J-7, Joint Staff
Lieutenant General Flynn graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College, a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategy from the National War College. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and the National War College.
Lieutenant General Flynn's command assignments include: Commanding Officer, HQ Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines; (1979-1980); Commanding Officer, L Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines (1980); Commanding Officer, P Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1984-1985); Commanding Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1992-1993); Commanding Officer, Officer Candidates School (1999-2001), Commanding General, Training Command (2002-2004), Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2006-2007). Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2008-2011 ).
Lieutenant General Flynn's staff assignments include: Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and S-4 A, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (1976-1979); Officer Selection Officer, Manchester, New Hampshire, (1981-1984), Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1985-1986), Plans Officer, Plans Policies and Operations Department, Headquarters Marine Corps (1987-1989); Junior Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (1989-1991); Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, 2d Marine Division (1991-1992); Future Operations Officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994-1995); Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense (1995-1997); Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1997-1998); Head, Strategic Initiatives Group, Headquarters Marine Corps (1998-1999); Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (2001-2002); Deputy Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2002-2004). Chief of Staff and Director, Command Support Center, United States Special Operations Command (2004-2006). Deputy Commanding General Multi-National Corps-Iraq (2008), Director for Joint Force Development, The Joint Staff J-7 (2011-).
Chief Technology Advocate, Google Ventures
Michael Jones is Google's Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google's mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search——the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics.
A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71.
former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.s. Naval Forces Africa, and Allied Joint Force
Mark Fitzgerald was born in Winchester, Mass., and graduated from Northeastern University, Boston in June 1973. He was designated a naval aviator in October 1975.
Fitzgerald flew the A-7E Corsair II during sea assignments in VA-195 (1976-79), Carrier Air Wing 17 (1982-84), and VA-105 (1985-88) embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS America (CV 66), and USS Forrestal (CV 59). He commanded the VA-46 “Clansmen” (1990-1991) aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), deploying with four days notice for Operation Desert Shield. He led the first Navy strike on Baghdad during the opening hour of Operation Desert Storm. During his career, Fitzgerald was assigned as deputy commander, Joint Air Force Component Commander for Provide Promise Yugoslav Operations and assistant commander for Deny Flight NATO operations (1993). He assumed command of Carrier Air Wing 14 (1994-95) while deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) supporting Operation Southern Watch.
Fitzgerald’s shore tours include VA-174 landing signal officer (1979-82), Naval Maritime Intelligence Center, SPEAR (1991-92), and executive assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (1996-98). He holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering from the University of West Florida (1975) and attended the Naval War College, Newport, R.I (1983-84). Selected for flag rank in September 1998, Fitzgerald’s first flag assignment was deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and commanded Joint Task Force Determined Response in Aden, Yemen (2000). Assuming command of Carrier Group 8 (2001), he deployed with Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group during Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2002). He served as director, Air Warfare and then as director, Naval Warfare (2003-2004), and as Commander, 2nd Fleet/Director, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Center of Excellence (2004-2006). In December 2006 he began his last assignment as the director, Navy Staff.
As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe he is responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval forces in the European Command area of responsibility. As Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa he is responsible for providing overall command, operational control, and coordination of U.S. Naval forces in the Africa Command area of responsibility. As Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Fitzgerald currently has operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq and the Mediterranean. He assumed his duties on November 30, 2007.
Fitzgerald’s awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V (2 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Air Medals, and numerous individual, Campaign and Unit awards. He has logged over 4,800 flight hours and has made over 1,100 carrier arrested landings from the decks of 13 aircraft carriers.
former Senior Director, Naval Capabilites and Readiness, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy and Director, NDU Press, Nationa Defense University
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Effective June 20, 2011, Mr. Hoffman is serving at the National Defense University as a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for National Strategic Studies. He directs the NDU Press operations which includes the journals Joint Force Quarterly and PRISM. From August of 2009 to June 2011, he served in the Department of the Navy as a senior executive as the Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Hoffman began his public service career when he was commissioned out of the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a 2ndLt, USMC. From 1978-1983, after graduating both the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course as an honor graduate, he served in a variety of line and staff positions in the Second and Third Marine Divisions. In between tours in the Fleet Marine Force, he was the Adjutant, Company Commander and Head Tactics Instructor at the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune.
In 1983 he was assigned to the then Requirements and Programs Division at HQMC. Frank served as a Defense Systems Analyst, Force Structure analyst and Supervisory Resource Analyst at Headquarters Marine Corps until 1991. During this time he was responsible for Marine force structure and manpower studies and analyses. In his tours in R&P, he served as editor of the Marine Corps annual document Concepts & Issues.
In 1992 Frank transferred to Quantico, where he served as a program analyst for the Training and Education Command. Here he was responsible for successfully introducing ground simulators into the Marine Corps. After graduating from the Naval War College with highest distinction in 1994 he transferred to the Studies and Analysis Division at Quantico as their historical analyst, and represented the Marine Corps on the Defense Science Board and at the Commission on Roles and Missions in 1995.
Up to 1998, Frank continued to serve at Quantico as the national security analyst and Director of the Marine Strategic Studies Group. As a Marine Reservist he also worked at the HQMC Strategic Initiatives Group at the same time. In 1999 Frank was named to the National Security Study Group which was the professional staff supporting the U.S. National Security Commission for the 21st Century. There at the Hart-Rudman Commission Frank was responsible for crafting the Commission's future security assessment, military strategy, and homeland security recommendations which eventually were implemented with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
That appointment was concluded in 2001, and Frank returned to work at Quantico as a strategic planner and concept developer for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. He served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, where he was responsible for leading and conducting assessments and developing concept papers on future threats and emerging opportunities. While at Quantico, Frank authored numerous Marine concepts on distributed operations, urban ops, and hybrid threats, as well as contributing to the Marine Corps newest vision and strategy, and penning chapters to the Army/Marine Corps COIN doctrine. While at Quantico he worked with Joint Forces Command and our British, Australian and Israeli partners on alternative futures, concepts, and a number of wargames and experimentation activities.
He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in the summer of 2001 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.
In addition to his formal duties, he has lectured extensively at institutions in the United States, the Middle East and Europe. He has authored one book (Decisive Force; The New American Way of War, Praeger, 1996), over 100 essays and articles, and frequently contributes to Orbis, Joint Force Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Parameters, the Naval Institute Proceedings and Marine Corps Gazette.
Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education
Major General Thomas K. Andersen is Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The center is responsible for the research, development, and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of air and space power in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations, and providing policy and guidance of Air Force doctrine through education and focused outreach. Air University is responsible for Air Force enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
General Andersen entered the Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980. He has commanded a flying training squadron and an operations group. He has also held key positions on the Air Staff, Joint Staff, Combat Command Staffs, and in NATO. The general has served as Director of Plans and Programs at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Chief of Staff and Director of Intelligence for U.S. Strategic Command, Vice Commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), and Deputy Commander, Combined Air Operations Center 6, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, NATO, Eskisehir, Turkey. Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command.
The general is a master navigator with more than 3,500 hours in the B-52H, RC-135V/W, T-43, E-8C and EC-130 aircraft.
His major awards and decorations include: Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Achievement Medal.
Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers
Major General Mark S. Bowman is the Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4), Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He develops C4 capabilities; conducts analysis and assessments; provides Joint and Combined Force C4 guidance, and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Most recently, he served as the Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks, and Space, Office of the Army CIO/G-6 for establishing and maintaining strategy, policy, and guidance to build, integrate,communicate, and facilitate the seamless implementation of the Army’s network (LandWarNet) in a Joint and Coalition environment.
Major General Bowman was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 28 May 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade.
His Army principal staff assignments have been as Supply Officer and Training Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Signal Training Brigade, Fort Gordon, GA; Communications Systems Engineer and Chief, Force Structure Branch, 5th Signal Command, Germany; Project Officer and Chief, Concepts Branch for Concepts and Studies Division, Combat Development Directorate, Fort Gordon, GA; Operations Officer, 67th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, GA; Executive Officer and Staff Officer for Modernization
and Integration for Tactical Systems Directorate, Office of Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4), Washington, DC; and Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations), 9th Signal Command (Army), Fort Huachuca, AZ. His Joint staff assignments included Staff Officer for C4 Systems Directorate, National Military Command System, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wash., D.C.; Chief, Operations Division, Joint Staff Support Center, Defense Information
Systems Agency (DISA), Wash., D.C.; Chief of Staff, DISA, Arlington, VA; and Director, J-6, US Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL.
He commanded D Company, 6th Battalion, 1st Signal Training Brigade, Fort Gordon, GA; 54th Signal Battalion, Saudi Arabia; Joint Staff Support Center, DISA, Washington, DC; and 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca, AZ, which deployed to the Middle East for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; and Deputy Commanding General (Support), Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army), Arlington, VA.
Major General Bowman has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norwich University, VT, where he received his commission. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, PA.
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
President, U.S. Naval War College
Rear Adm. Christenson became the 53rd president of the U.S. Naval War College, March 30, 2011. The fourth of six sons of a Navy Skyraider pilot and a Navy nurse, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981.
At sea, he commanded USS McClusky (FFG 41); Destroyer Squadron 21 in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); and Carrier Strike Group 12, the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Strike Group and most recently served as president, Board of Inspection and Survey. He also served as the anti- submarine warfare officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Cook (FF 1083); aide to commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1 in USS Long Beach (CGN 9); weapons officer aboard USS Downes (FF 1070); Destroyer Squadron 21 combat systems officer in USS Nimitz (CVN 68); and, as executive officer aboard USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986). He deployed eight times on seven ships and twice in command of McClusky.
Ashore, he commanded the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, and as a new flag officer he served as commander, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, Texas. He also served at the U.S. Naval Academy as a company officer, celestial navigation instructor, assistant varsity soccer coach and member of the admissions board; at Headquarters, United States Marine Corps in the Strategic Initiatives Group; on the Joint Staff, J5 and as executive assistant to the assistant chairman.
He graduated with distinction, and first in his class from the Naval War College, earning his Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was also a Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Christenson has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (five awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Forces Command
Major General John M. Croley is currently serving as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., and Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South in Miami, Fl.
Major General Croley graduated in 1977 from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant via the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program in July 1977 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1979.
In December 1979, First Lieutenant Croley commenced transition into the AH-1 Attack Helicopter at HMA-269, MCAS New River, Jacksonville, NC. He served in many challenging squadron assignments from Aviation Ordnance to Logistics and Embarkation. During 1981-1982, he served aboard an amphibious ready group during hostilities in the vicinity of Lebanon and Israel.
Released from active duty in May 1983, he remained a member of the Individual Ready Reserve. In January 1985, Captain Croley joined HMA-773, NAS Atlanta, Marietta, GA and commenced refresher training in the AH-1J Attack Helicopter. He served in a multitude of positions from ground training officer and various operations department assignments. In November 1990, the squadron was recalled to active duty for combat operations to support Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As an Assistant Operations officer, he coordinated armed escort operations for the mine sweeping effort off the coast of Kuwait and Iraq. In 1993, the squadron transitioned to the new AH-1W Attack Helicopter, added the UH-1 helicopter to the unit and in 1994 was re-designated as a light attack helicopter squadron (HMLA). Lieutenant Colonel Croley was assigned as Executive Officer and later as a detachment commander. In January of 1996, he took command of HMLA-773 and led the squadron through five Weedeater counter-narcotic joint operations in four Caribbean islands.
In 1998, in a post command tour, he formed a team to recruit and educate the active duty sites on opportunities at 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Later that year, as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), Lieutenant Colonel Croley served as the J-3 Plans Officer for Commander US Forces Korea to support Operation Ulchi Focus Lens.
In January 2000, he was assigned as the Deputy G-3 Assistant Operations Officer. Promoted to Colonel in July 2001, he went on to serve as the G-1 Assistant Chief of Staff at 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, LA.
In October 2001, Colonel Croley was assigned to the Deputy Commander position at Marine Aircraft Group 42 in NAS Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia. He served as the Air Combat Element (ACE) Commander for a regimental amphibious exercise involving five squadrons in support. In January 2003 the MAG-42 Marines were recalled to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He served as the G-3 Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Liaison Officer in Kuwait and Iraq. He facilitated the assault support planning effort for I Marine Expeditionary Force and demobilized in October 2003.
Following his tour in support of OIF, Colonel Croley was assigned as the Commander, U.S. Marine Forces South in Miami, Florida and was promoted to Brigadier General in January, 2006. While at MARFORSOUTH, Brigadier General Croley focused on developing partnerships with Latin American nations in a broad effort to strengthen ties with U.S. allies in South America.
In August 2008, Brigadier General Croley was assigned as the Commanding General, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing in New Orleans and was promoted to Major General in June 2010.
His formal schools include Air Force Command and Staff Reserve Course; Marine Corps University Command and Staff; Joint Doctrine Air Campaign Course; NATO Amphibious Warfare Operations; Reserve National Security Course; NATO Joint Warfare Course; and the Senior Watch Officer TACC Course.
former Director, Defense Information Systems Agency and Vice President, Cyber Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin
Lieutenant General Croom is Vice President of Cyber Security Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services. In this capacity, he shapes the corporation’s cyber security strategy with insight from 35 years of distinguished service, leadership and technology experience from the U.S. Air Force. Previously, he co-chaired a National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Task Force on “Strengthening Government and Private Sector Collaboration” which issued a May 2009 report recommending the President direct the establishment of a Joint Coordinating Center. Croom retired as: a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General; director of the Defense Information Systems Agency; and commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations. Croom earned bachelor’s degrees in both economics and electrical engineering from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in management and business administration from Webster College and distinguished graduate degrees from both Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Director, Operations and Intelligence (N3/N2) and Deputy Commander, Task Force TWO ZERO
A3JO Combat Rescue Officer FAM, Air Combat Command
Capt David DePiazza is a Combat Rescue Officer, assigned to Personnel Recovery Division, Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA. Capt DePiazza was born in Ft. Hood, TX, grew up in Sacramento, CA, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was commissioned as a Communications Officer in the Air Force in May of 2002. After being stationed at Incirlik AB, Turkey and Lackland AFB, TX, he applied to become a Combat Rescue Officer. Capt DePiazza graduated the Pararescue/Combat Rescue Officer Apprentice Course as the Distinguished Officer Graduate, Kirtland AFB, NM. He served as a Combat Rescue Officer at Moody AFB for three years and is now the ACC Guardian Angel FAM. Capt DePiazza has deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, supported NASA space shuttle operations, and conducted Search and Rescue operations in the Atlantic. His military awards include the Air Medal w/Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Action Medal, Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Capt DePiazza is married to the former Ms. Elizabeth White.
former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula is the first Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. As the Air Force's Senior Official of the Intelligence Community he is directly responsible to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
General Deptula completed ROTC at the University of Virginia as a distinguished graduate in 1974, and remained to complete a master's degree in 1976. Earning his wings in 1977, he has flown more than 3,000 hours (400 in combat) to include multiple operational fighter command assignments. He has taken part in operations, planning, and joint warfighting at unit, major command, service headquarters and combatant command levels. He has served on two congressional commissions charged with outlining America's future defense posture -- the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, and the National Defense Panel. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as Commander of the General George C. Kenney Warfighting Headquarters, and Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces.
General Deptula has significant experience in combat and leadership in several major joint contingency operations. He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He has twice been a Joint Task Force Commander - in 1998/1999 for Operation Northern Watch during a period of renewed Iraqi aggression where he flew 82 combat missions, and for Operation Deep Freeze, supporting forces in Antarctica. In 2001, the general served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan during the period of decisive combat. In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort, and in 2006 he was the standing Joint Force Air Component Commander for Pacific Command.
Author, Unmanned Combat Air Systems: A New Kind of Carrier Aviation
Dr. Friedman has been concerned throughout his career with the way in which policy and technology intersect, in fields as disparate as national missile defence, nuclear strategy, and mobilization policy. He has published five editions of the Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems, an encyclopedia of naval (including air) weapons which includes many current sensors. An internationally known strategist, he spent more than a decade at a major U.S. think-tank, and another decade as consultant to the Secretary of the Navy. He has consulted for many major defense corporations.
Dr Friedman has written more than 35 books on naval strategy and technology, including an award-winning account of the U.S. Cold War Strategy. He contributes a monthly column on world naval developments to the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine and writes articles for journals worldwide. Dr. Friedman holds a PhD. from Columbia University, New York. He lectures widely on defence issues in forums such as the National Defence University, the Naval War College and the Royal United Services Institute. His current focus is on network-centric warfare, about which he has recently published Network Centric Warfare: How Navies Learned to Fight Smarter in Three World Wars. Last year he published Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles: A New Kind of Carrier Aviation, which he sees as a natural extension of network-centric operations. He recently published a histories of British destroyers and cruisers which examine, among other things, the way in which the Royal Navy reacted to the transformation of naval warfare by the advent and development of the torpedo. His next book, for publication this fall, is an encyclopedia of World War I naval weapons which examines the tactical and strategic consequences of the very rapid development of naval weapons before and during that war.
Director, Corporate Strategy Group SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and co-author of The Kissing Sailor
Captain George Galdorisi (USN – retired) is a career naval aviator. He began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. His Navy career included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff. He has written seven books, including the New York Times best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film starring U.S. Navy SEALs, and most recently, The Kissing Sailor, published by the U.S Naval Institute, as well as over 200 articles in professional journals and other media. He is currently the director of the Corporate Strategy Group at the Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego, California.
Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command
Brigadier General Peter E. Gersten is the Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. He is responsible for planning and programming $29 billion annually for a force of more than 130,000 personnel and 2,800 aircraft, supporting nine unified commands and NORAD. He leads development of five of the Air Force's 12 core function master plans and the ACC strategic plan outlining the strategy to deliver dominant combat airpower for America. Additionally, he leads ACC's Total Force integration process and doctrine review, and he supports the Secretary of the Air Force basing process with CAF weapon system beddowns.
General Gersten entered the Air Force in 1989 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School and the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in human factors engineering and a minor in mathematics. He graduated from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training in 1991, and is a command pilot with more than 2,800 total flying hours and more than 400 combat hours over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Serbia. Prior to his current position, he served as the commander, 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base, NV.
General Gersten’s major awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters; Aerial Achievement Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Korean Defense Medal.
Division Chief, Command and Awareness
Colonel Tim Healy enlisted in the Army in 1984 as an Intelligence Analyst and was subsequently accepted to the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. He graduated from West Point in 1989 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer, serving at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Following a branch transfer to Aviation, and completion of flight school, he was assigned to Korea as an AH-1 Cobra Company Commander. He assessed and was assigned to the 160th SOAR(ABN) in 1995 as an MH-6 pilot and later, after completing the UH-60 course, as an MH-60DAP pilot. Subsequent assignments included Battalion XO, S3 and BDE XO in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He commanded 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment and deployed the battalion to Afghanistan in 2008. He’s currently assigned as the Division Chief for Mission Command and Awareness at the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Ft. Eustis, Virginia.
Director, Concept Development and Learning, Army Capabilities Integration Center, TRADOC
Brigadier General Hix assumed duties as Director, Concept Development and Learning Directorate, Army Capabilities Integration Center in March 2012.
He came to Training and Doctrine Command from Afghanistan where he served as Director, Future Operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, from 2011 to 2012.
Earlier wartime service includes assignments as Commander, Afghan Regional Security Integration Command-South, from 2008 to 2009, with responsibility for developing and advising all Afghan Army and Police forces in southern Afghanistan, Chief of Staff, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan, from 2007 to 2008, and Chief of Strategy, Multi-National Force, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005.
Brigadier General Hix has served in a variety of strategy and planning positions, including as Director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, Joint Staff J-7, from 2009 to 2010, Strategy Division Chief, Joint Staff J-5, principal special assistant to Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, and Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation, and as a staff officer at Combined Forces Command, Korea.
Previous operational assignments include command and staff positions in the 82d Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with operational tours spanning peacekeeping missions in the Sinai and the Western Sahara and command in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Born in Washington, D.C., Brigadier General Hix was commissioned as an infantry officer following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Brigadier General Hix is a master parachutist and has earned the Combat (with Star) and Expert Infantryman Badges, Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, and Military Freefall, Pathfinder and Air Assault Badges. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO non-Article 5 Medal, and United Nations Medal (MINURSO).
Chief of Staff, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation
Tony Johnstone-Burt joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1977. His first Ship was the Type 21 Frigate HMS ACTIVE in which he served during the Falklands War. He sub-specialised in aviation as a pilot flying Gazelles, Sea Kings and Lynx helicopters from Carriers, Frigates and Destroyers, before specialising further as a Principal Warfare Officer in Anti-Submarine Warfare.
In addition to staff appointments in the MoD, his operational commands at sea include: the Type 22 Frigate HMS BRAVE, conducting counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean for JIATF South, Key West; HMS MONTROSE, as the Captain of the Sixth Frigate Squadron comprising eight Type 23 Frigates and conducting operations in support of the UK and UN forces in Sierra Leone; and commanding the Amphibious Helicopter Carrier HMS OCEAN.
In command appointments continuously since 2000, as a One Star he commanded Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and later became the Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command. Promoted to Two Star in 2006, he became Flag Officer Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Flag Officer Reserves. He then returned to command the Joint Helicopter Command and was responsible for 16 Air Assault Brigade’s two deployments as the Task Force Helmand in 2008 and 2010/11, and all UK helicopter support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including support to UK SOF.
During this time he conducted a Review of Jointery on behalf of the UK’s Strategic Defence Review in which he recommended the formation of a UK Joint Forces Command. The UK’s JFCOM will be established in April 2012.
He has just completed an operational tour in Afghanistan as COMISAF’s Director of Counter Narcotics and International Organised Crime.
He is a graduate of Durham University, the US Naval War College and Salve Regina University, Rhode Island, where he studied Anthropology and Psychology, Strategic Studies and International Relations respectively.
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 non-profit entities.
Chief of Naval Research/Director Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements
Rear Admiral Klunder, a native of Alexandria, Va., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and earned his wings of gold at Meridian, Miss., in September 1984. Subsequent flying tours were based in Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, Calif.; NAS Patuxent River, Md.; Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; and NAS Lemoore, Calif., where he was qualified in numerous aircraft including the E-2C Hawkeye and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.
Klunder has served at sea in Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; VAW-115 as a department head, and as commanding officer; and Carrier Air Wing Two as air wing commander. He has made eight deployments and multiple surge operations to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
Klunder’s shore tours include serving as a flight instructor, Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization officer and Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet evaluator at VAW-110; test pilot/project officer at Force Warfare Test Directorate; senior operations officer and Single Integrated Operational Plan officer at the Joint Staff J-3/National Military Command Center; Joint Staff liaison officer and Section Chief at the U.S. State Department; Combined Air Operations Center deputy director at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar; deputy director for Information, Plans, and Security for OPNAV N3/N5; 83rd commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy; and director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities Division, OPNAV N2/N6F2. Highlights during these tours include receiving the 1988 Hawkeye of the Year award, the 1991 Test Pilot of the Year award, and the 2002 George C. Marshall Statesman award.
In November 2011, he became the 24th Chief of Naval Research, with additional duties as director, Test Evaluation and Technology Requirements.
Klunder received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s degrees in Aerodynamics and Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and Strategic Studies from the National War College.
He has flown more than 45 different aircraft and accumulated 21 world-flying records. His awards include the Legion of Merit (four Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two Awards), Joint Commendation Medal (two Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four Awards) and various unit and campaign awards.
Senior Analyst for Naval Weapons and Forces, Congressional Budget Office
Eric Labs is Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. He specializes in issues related to the procurement, budgeting, and sizing of the forces for the Department of the Navy. Dr. Labs has testified before Congress several times and published numerous studies under the auspices of the Congressional Budget Office as well as a number of articles and papers in academic journals and conferences, including the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Sea Power magazine, and the Naval War College Review. He has given presentations to a variety of industry, government, and academic audiences. He was awarded CBO’s highest honor, the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, in 2001, 2003, and 2007. He received his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from Tufts University, summa cum laude, in 1988. He has worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, from 1994 to 1995, as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Labs has been with the Congressional Budget Office since 1995.
former Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet
From Weirton, W.Va., Vice Admiral Bernard J. "Barry" McCullough graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and was commissioned on June 4, 1975. Additionally, McCullough completed Naval Nuclear Power Training and received a Master of Science in Strategic Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.
McCullough's sea tours include serving as commander, Carrier Strike Group 6/commander, John F. Kennedy Strike Group. He also served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 14/commander, Enterprise Strike Group. McCullough's major command was aboard USS Normandy (CG 60) from February 1999 until February 2001.
Prior to commanding Normandy, he served as commanding officer aboard USS Scott (DDG 995) and USS Gemini (PHM 6). Other sea assignments were: operations officer for commander, 2nd Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic, engineer officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), engineer officer aboard USS Virginia (CGN 38), and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Texas (CGN 39).
McCullough's shore tours include serving as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8), director, Warfare Integration and Assessment Division (N8F), director, Surface Warfare Division, (N86), commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, the director for Strategy and Analysis, J5, at U.S. Joint Forces Command, 1st Battalion officer at the United States Naval Academy and as the department head for the D1G Prototype Nuclear Power Plant at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Ballston Spa, N.Y. McCullough assumed his current responsibilities as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet in December 2009.
His decorations and awards include: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. Additionally, he is authorized to wear numerous unit and campaign awards.
Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration
A native of Huntington, New York, Lieutenant General Mills was commissioned via Officer Candidate School. As a Lieutenant he served at the battalion level in two Marine Divisions as a rifle platoon commander, weapons platoon commander, rifle company executive officer, and adjutant. As a Captain he attended Amphibious Warfare School, served at Parris Island as a series officer and commanded a recruit company before joining the 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, as the Commanding Officer of Alpha Company and Regimental Assistant Operations Officer.
As a Major, he was assigned to the Officer Assignment Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, was a Military Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, and served as the Air/Ground Liaison Officer, Marine Air Group 29, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing.
Lieutenant Colonel Mills served as Operations Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU SOC) taking part in operations off Bosnia and Somalia, was assigned as the Amphibious Exercise/Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander, United States Sixth Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, and as Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines (deploying as Battalion Landing Team 3/6, 24th MEU (SOC)).
While a Colonel, he studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies, London, England, was the Officer-In-Charge of the Special Operations Training Group, II MEF before commanding the 24th MEU (SOC). While under his command the 24th MEU (SOC) participated in Operations Joint Guardian in Kosovo, Enduring Freedom, and combat operations ashore in Iraq as part of Task Force Tarawa.
Next Colonel Mills went to Headquarters, United States European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany for duty as the Assistant Chief of Staff then, selected to Brigadier General, was the Deputy Director of Operations at EUCOM. Subsequently he was Director, Manpower Management Division at Headquarters Marine Corps before assuming command of the 1st Marine Division.
From 2007 to 2009 Brigadier General Mills served concurrently as Assistant Division Commander, 1st Marine Division and upon promotion to Major general as Commander, Ground Combat Element, Multi-National Forces - West, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Upon returning from Iraq he again assumed command of the 1st Marine Division and then was selected to command the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) which deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). In June 2010, he assumed command of the newly-created Regional Command (Southwest) and in October 2010 he relinquished command of the 1st Marine Division. In March 2011 he relinquished his duties as the Commander, Regional Command (Southwest). Lieutenant General Mills is the first Marine Corps General Officer to command NATO forces in combat. In July 2011 and upon promotion Lieutenant General Mills assumed the duties as the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.
Commander, Atlantic Command
Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in April 2010, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spans across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. He concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense (DOD) and Combatant Commanders.
Before assuming command of LANTAREA, he served as the U.S. Southern Command’s first Director of Security and Intelligence in Miami, Florida. As the first Coast Guard officer to serve as a Director in any DOD command, he directed U.S. military operations and intelligence efforts, and coordinated interagency operations in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
VADM Parker was promoted to Flag rank in July 2006 and immediately assigned to serve as the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington DC, responsible for identifying and providing service-wide capabilities, competencies, and capacities; and for developing staffing and training standards, and for equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces.
He has over 12 years of sea duty, including 3 commands - USCGC Cape Hedge, in Morro Bay, California; USCGC Tahoma in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and USCGC Mellon in Seattle, Washington – charged with conducting search and rescue operations during the winter crab fishing season in the Bering Sea, counterdrug law enforcement, migrant operations, and fisheries enforcement in the North Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Eastern Pacific.
His assignments ashore have included: Operations Center Duty Officer for the Twelfth Coast Guard District and Pacific Area in Alameda, California; Security Assistance Liaison Officer in Monrovia, Liberia; Professional Development Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Academy; Chief, Pacific Area Operational Forces Branch in Alameda, CA; Chief of Operations, Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, CA; and Chief of Staff, Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington.
VADM Parker is a 1979 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He also completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.
His awards include a Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various other personal and unit awards.
AIRLANT, Fleet Forces Command
Lieutenant Commander James Presler, from Tucson, AZ entered the service in January 2000, following graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School and earned his Wings of Gold in April 2002 in Kingsville, Texas.
He flew the F/A-18C Hornet with the “Golden Warriors” of Strike Fighter Squadron 87, serving until November 2006. Deploying on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) for 6 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In December 2006, he reported to the Gladiators of Strike Fighter Squadron 106 serving as an instructor pilot as well as an elite member of the Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team for the 2009 season.
He then transferred to Strike Fighter Squadron 81, serving as the Operations and Maintenance Department Head. Deploying twice on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as well as a deployment aiding in the rescue efforts of Operation Unified Response in support of the earthquake in Haiti.
Currently he is stationed at NOB Norfolk acting the VFA Readiness and NCEA Officer.
LCDR Presler has accumulated over 2300 flight hrs in the F/A-18 and over 300 arrested landings.
Deputy Director J7, Joint and Coalition Warfighting, The Joint Staff
Major General Frederick S. Rudesheim, the Deputy Director J7, Joint and Coalition Warfighting, Joint Staff leads a one-stop-shop for preserving jointness and developing the joint force. Working closely with Allied Command Transformation and multinational partners, his organization synchronizes adaptive joint training, doctrine, concept development and lessons learned supported by modeling, simulation and experimentation in order to ensure the development of desired outcomes in the form of cross-cutting joint and coalition doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities change recommendations.
His previous joint assignments include a tour with the U.S. Joint Forces Korea in Korea and a tour with the Joint Staff. Most recently, he served as the director of joint capability development for U.S. Joint Forces Command.
He served as the commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mech.) deploying to Iraq from April 2003 to March 2004. He also served as deputy commanding general-support of the 1st Cavalry Division and Multi-National Division-Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2009 to January 2010.
MG Rudesheim was commissioned a distinguished military graduate in May 1981 from the University of Texas. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal w/OLC and "V" device, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Parachutist and Air Assault identification badges and is Ranger qualified.
former Commandant, U.S. Army War College and Author
Retired General (Dr.) Robert Scales is one of America’s best known and most respected authorities on land warfare. Immediately after retirement from the Army he was appointed President and CEO of Walden University. He is currently President of Colgen, Inc, a consulting firm specializing in issues relating to landpower, wargaming and strategic leadership. Prior to joining the private sector Dr. Scales served over thirty years in the Army, retiring as a Major General. He commanded two units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during the battles around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill) during the summer of 1969. Subsequently, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea and ended his military career as Commandant of the United States Army War College. In 1995 he created the Army After Next program which was the Army’s first attempt to build a strategic game and operational concept for future land warfare. He has written and lectured on warfare to academic, government, military, and business groups in the United States, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He is the author of two books on military history: Certain Victory, the official account of the Army in the Gulf War and Firepower in Limited War, a history of the evolution of firepower doctrine since the end of the Korean War. In addition he is an authority on contemporary and future warfare. Concepts and ideas contained in his writings and studies have significant influenced the course of contemporary modernization and reform within the military. He has written two books on the theory of warfare: Future Warfare, a strategic anthology on America’s wars to come and Yellow Smoke: the Future of Land Warfare for America’s Military. He was the only serving officer to have written books subsequently selected for inclusion in the official reading lists of three services; Certain Victory for the Army, Firepower for the Marine Corps and Yellow Smoke for the Navy. Congressman Ike Skelton has included Yellow Smoke in his National Security Book List sponsored by National Defense University. His latest work, The Iraq War: a Military History, written with Williamson Murray has been reviewed very favorably by the New York Times, Atlantic and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent consultant with the senior leadership of every service in the Department of Defense as well as Congress and many allied militaries. He has testified seven times before the Senate and House Armed Services as well as the Foreign Relations and Environmental Committees of the Senate. He is senior military analyst for The BBC, National Public Radio and Fox News Network. He has appeared as a commentator on The History Channel., The Discovery Channel, PBS, TLC and Star Television. His commentary is carried frequently on all major television outlets in the Peoples Republic of China. He has written for and been frequently quoted in The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Roll Call and virtually every service defense periodical and media network on issues relating to military history, future warfare and defense policy. He is a graduate of West Point and earned his PhD in history from Duke University.
Flight Commander, 2nd Special Operations Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command
Principal Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)
Vice Admiral Skinner is currently serving as the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition). He assumed his duties August 9, 2010.
Skinner was born in Houston, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1977.
As a flag officer, he was the program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs and commanded Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, and served as assistant commander, Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command.
Skinner held both operational and shore commands to include commanding officer Patrol Squadron FORTY SEVEN; chief Test Pilot and commanding officer of Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, and program manager for a Chief of Naval Operations Special Project.
Skinner is a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School and served in Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate, where he was recognized as Directorate Test Pilot of the Year in 1986. Additionally, he received a degree in Financial Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, where he graduated as a Conrad Scholar and was awarded the Department of the Navy award for excellence in financial management, and the Rear Admiral Thomas R McClellan award for excellence in administrative sciences.
His awards include Legion of Merit (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and other unit deployment citations and ribbons.
Director, Cyber Directorate
Major General Steven Smith is the Director for the U.S. Army Cyber Directorate. Major General Smith is responsible for integration of cyber and information assurance efforts across the ARSTAF to provide policy, oversight, and guidance to enable information domination for the Army. Major General Smith is a Distinguished Military Graduate of The Citadel, where he holds a BS in Education. He also holds an MS in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, and an MS in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Major General Smith has served in Command and Staff positions within the Active Component, Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve. His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Senior Transportation Officer Qualification Course, Military Police Officer Advanced Course, Chemical Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
MG Smith’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Senior Transportation Officer Qualification Course, Military Police Officer Advanced Course, Chemical Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
MG Smith’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal.
Staff Judge Advocate
Captain Swaim was born in 1977 in his hometown of Neenah, Wisconsin. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. During his tenure on campus, Captain Swaim served as captain of the wrestling team, and was instrumental in establishing a student-athlete mentorship program. Captain Swaim earned his juris doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University’s College of Law in Ada, Ohio, where he competed on the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court International Law Team and served as an Associate Justice on the Moot Court Executive Board. During his final year of law school, Captain Swaim also completed an internship working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
Upon completion of his first year of law school, Captain Swaim was selected for the Platoon Leaders Course – Law Program and ordered to report to Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps on August 8, 2003.
After admittance to the bar in Minnesota in 2006, Captain Swaim received orders to Delta Company, The Basic School, in Quantico, Virginia. From there, he was sent to Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, with follow-on orders to II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Upon arrival at Camp Lejeune in early 2007, Captain Swaim served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), II MEF. This billet exposed him to a multitude of legal and operational issues which provided a solid foundation for his next assignment. From March to October 2008, Captain Swaim served as the Battalion Judge Advocate for 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in Ar Ramadi, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
Returning to Camp Lejeune in the fall of 2008, Captain Swaim assumed responsibilities as a government prosecutor handling all court-martial cases convened by the II MEF Commanding General, in addition to all cases from the Second Marine Logistics Group, and the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). In 2010, Captain Swaim rounded out his tour by serving as a legal assistance attorney prior to executing orders.
Captain Swaim spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a student at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) resident course in Quantico, Virginia.
After graduating from EWS, Captain Swaim assumed responsibilities as the SJA and Operational Law Instructor for Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG), Marine Corps Forces Command. In October 2011, MCTAG was re-designated the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) and absorbed the responsibilities of the former Security Cooperation Education and Training Center (SCETC) in Quantico.
As an Operational Law Instructor for MCSCG, Captain Swaim has prepared over a dozen Security Cooperation teams for deployments to more than 40 countries with respect to the Law of War, Rules of Engagement, Human Rights, and understanding the legal status of forces while deployed in support of a security cooperation mission.
Principal Research Scientist, Center for Naval Analyses
Peter Swartz, an analyst with CNA Strategic Studies, focuses on U.S. Navy policy and strategy. He is a former U.S. Navy officer, having retired in 1993 in the grade of captain. While a junior officer in the Navy Swartz served as a counter-insurgency instructor, a psychological operations officer, an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy in the western Mekong Delta, and a staff officer supporting Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., in Saigon and Washington, DC. As a mid-level officer he initiated and organized the first U.S. Navy-French Navy staff policy talks and was a principal author of The Maritime Strategy of the 1980s. As a senior officer, during the time of the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact, Swartz was Director of Defense Operations at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels and served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Colin Powell, during the first Gulf War.
Recent Work: Recent and current U.S. Navy strategy, U.S. inter-service relationships, concepts policies, and doctrine; OPNAV organizational history; alternative U.S. Navy global fleet deployment models; CNA Scientific Analyst to the Director, U.S. Navy Strategy and Policy Division (OPNAV N51); lessons learned from past U.S. Navy homeland defense, riverine, counter-piracy, and irregular warfare operations.
Previous Positions: CNA Research Team Leader (RTL).
Education: MPhil in Political Science, Columbia University. MA in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; BA in International Relations; Brown University
Languages: French, Vietnamese
Publications of Interest
Commanding Officer, USCGC BLOCK ISLAND (WPB-1344)
Originally from Louisville, KY Lieutenant Grant Thomas graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Biology. In college, he was a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on the Sewanee Fire Department and the Vice Chair of the University’s Honor Council. In the fall of 2002, he reported to Officer Candidate School and graduated as part of class 1-03 in February of 2003, the last group of officers commissioned when the Coast Guard was under the Department of Transportation.
Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, LT Thomas reported aboard Coast Guard Cutter BEAR (WMEC 901) where he was initially the Weapons Officer and then First Lieutenant while also serving as a Landing Signaling Officer, Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer, and Operation NEW FRONTIER over-the-horizon boat Mission Commander.
In February 2005, he departed CGC BEAR to serve as the Prospective Commanding Officer for the precommissioning detachment of CGC TIGER SHARK (WPB 87359). In April 2005 he took delivery of the cutter in New Orleans, LA as the “plank owner” Commanding Officer and then in the summer of 2005 CGC TIGER SHARK was commissioned into active service in Newport, RI.
LT Thomas reported to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC in August of 2007 to serve as the Military Aide to the Coast Guard Chief of Staff. In July of 2008, he transferred from Coast Guard Headquarters to Coast Guard Atlantic Area Portsmouth, VA to continue serving in a military aide position.
Upon completion of his assignment at a military aide in May of 2009 he assumed command of CGC MONOMOY (WPB 1326) which is one of six Coast Guard cutters forward deployed to the Middle East under the tactical control of Naval Forces Central Command supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. On 1 July 2010 he assumed command of CGC BLOCK ISLAND (WPB 1344).
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Deputy Commanding General, Future
Lieutenant General Keith C. Walker assumed duties as the Deputy Commanding General, Futures and Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center on 15 August 2011. Lieutenant General Walker graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, 1984. Lieutenant General Walker's military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Commissioned an Armor Officer in 1976, he served in a variety of positions in the United States, Europe, and Iraq, including command of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized); and 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Lieutenant General Walker has served as platoon leader, troop executive officer, squadron transportation section commander, S-3 of 1st Battalion, 69th Armor and S-3 of 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). He was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy. Lieutenant General Walker has also served as an Assistant G-3, Chief of Resource Management Branch, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); and G-3, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), later re-designated 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized).
In April 1999, Lieutenant General Walker was assigned to SHAPE, Belgium, for duty as a Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. In June 2001, he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, to serve as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U. S. Army Europe. Lieutenant General Walker served on the Department of the Army Staff as Chief, Strategic Plans, Concepts, and Doctrine Division in 2002. He was assigned as Chief of Staff of the 1st Cavalry Division in August 2003, and served as the Chief of Staff of 1st Cavalry Division and TF Baghdad from March 2004 through March 2005. In May of 2005, Lieutenant General Walker returned to the Pentagon, assigned to the Joint Staff J5 as Chief, Iraq Division; and in June 2006, he transferred to the Department of the Army Staff as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, G-3/5. In July 2007, he reported to Fort Riley, Kansas, as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations), 1st Infantry Division. Lieutenant General Walker served as Commanding General, Iraq Assistance Group, from June 2008 through July 2009.
Prior to his arrival to the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Lieutenant General Walker served as the Commander, Brigade Modernization Command, Fort Bliss, Texas, from August 2009 to July 2011.
Director, Air Component Coordination Element - Fort Meade, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command
Brig. Gen. Burke E. "Ed" Wilson serves as the Director, Air Component Coordination Element, Air Forces Cyber. As the Director, he is the primary liaison to the Commander of 24th Air Force, and personal representative to U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency at Fort George G. Meade, Md. General Wilson also supports operational Air Force Cyber activities with the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Director of National Intelligence, CIA, and other National Capital Region cyberspace partners.
Brig. Gen. Wilson entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
During his career, he has served in various duties to include space operations, planning, strategy, policy, acquisition and combat support. He has previously commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, as well as served on the staffs of Air Force Space Command, U.S. Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Wilson served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing and Director, Eastern Range where he was responsible for the processing and launch of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and served as the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area supporting an average of 20 launches per year.
former Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command