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RADM Raymond A. Spicer, USN (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer and Publisher

U.S. Naval Institute

Retired Navy Rear Admiral Ray Spicer is the CEO and Publisher of the U.S. Naval Institute. He previously served as an executive at IBM, most recently having led IBM Federal’s Defense and Intelligence Technology Sales team, responsible for providing IBM products and support to the Defense and Intelligence Community.

Prior to joining IBM in 2015, Spicer was the director of Kestrel Programs for the Intelligence Systems Group at Boeing Defense, Space & Security. His leadership of diverse engineering, analytic and management teams ensured the continued, successful delivery of Kestrel Programs' products and services to a variety of government, commercial and international customers.

Spicer completed a successful career in the U.S. Navy in 2010, with extensive leadership experience in assignments including command at sea of the destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG-57), Destroyer Squadron Seven and Carrier Strike Group Twelve embarked in USS Enterprise (CVN-65).  During his time at sea, he completed eight deployments, including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ashore, he served in numerous key major staff assignments on the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet staffs, as Officer in Charge of the Aegis Combat System Engineering Development Site in Moorestown, NJ, and on the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff in the Pentagon, most significantly as the Deputy Director of Surface Warfare, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy.  He also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office where he maintained responsibility for all military assets supporting the White House and Continuity of Government, including Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, the White House Communications Agency, and the White House Medical Unit.

Spicer is a 1979 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.