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LTG Michael L. Oates, USA

Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)


Lieutenant General Michael L. Oates
United States Army
Joint IED Defeat Organization

Lieutenant General Mike Oates is from San Antonio, Texas. LTG Oates? previous assignment was as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum and as Commanding General, Multi-National Division (SOUTH), in Iraq.

GEN Oates was commissioned as an infantry officer following his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1979. His initial duty assignments included service with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and the 2d Battalion, 187th Infantry (Airborne), Republic of Panama. Subsequent tactical assignments included service with the 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and as Commander, 1st Battalion, 32d Infantry, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. General Oates later commanded 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from 1998 to 2000 and commanded the 10th Mountain Division (Light) from 2007 to 2009.

GEN Oates? non-tactical assignments include service as an Infantry Assignments Officer; Current Operations Officer in the J3, Joint Staff; Executive Officer to Honorable Tom White, Secretary of the Army; and as Chief of Staff to LTG Keith Kellogg, U.S. Army, Retired, the Chief Operations Officer, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq.

GEN Oates holds a masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the Army?s Command and General Staff College. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), and Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters).

Gen David H. Petraeus, USA

Commander, U.S. Central Command


General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the United States Central Command in October 2008, after serving for over 19 months as the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq. Prior to his tour as MNF-I Commander, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Before that assignment, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the ?Screaming Eagles? in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander - Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University?s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and he later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm, the French L?gion d?Honneur, and the National Defense Cross of the Czech Republic. He is a Master Parachutist and Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings. In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America?s 25 Best Leaders, and in 2007 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the year and one of four runners-up for Time Person of the Year. Most recently, he was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world?s top 100 public intellectuals and by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.

David Hartman

former host, Good Morning America


Actor, producer, television host. Born David Downs Hartman on May 19, 1935 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The son of German immigrants, David Hartman grew up singing and playing a number of musical instruments. His father was a Methodist minister who turned to ad agency sales to better support the family. The young Hartman attended Duke University where he majored in economics and pursued acting on the side. After serving in the Air Force, he returned to the States to pursue an acting career in earnest.

In 1964, David Hartman won a supporting role in the original 1964 Broadway production of Hello Dolly. This high point was followed by several forgettable films and television projects. Financial success came nearly a decade later when he became the first host of Good Morning America in 1975. He stayed with the show for 11 years, also serving as writer and producer, and helped it become No. 1 during his tenure. He has won several Emmy and journalism awards and is also known for his documentaries.

David Hartman was married to television producer Maureen Downey from 1974 until her death in 1997; they have four children. He has one child with his second wife, Mary.

Gen Stephane Abrial, French Air Force
Gen Stephane Abrial, French Air Force

Supreme Allied Commander Transformation


Supreme Allied Commander Transformation was created in 2002, in the overall process of reform of NATO?s chains of command. It is one of NATO?s two strategic commanders and the commanding officer of Allied Command Transformation.

He is responsible to NATO?s Military Committee, the highest military authority in NATO, for promoting and overseeing the continuing transformation of Alliance forces and capabilities.

Role and responsibilities
SACT has the lead role at the strategic level for the transformation of NATO?s military structures, forces, capabilities and doctrines in order to improve the military effectiveness of the Alliance.

He analyses, in cooperation with Alliance Command Operations, NATO?s operational needs, in order to identify and prioritise the type and scale of future capability and interoperability requirements and to channel the results into NATO?s overall defence planning process.

He also leads efforts to explore new concepts and doctrines by conducting experiments and supporting the research, development and acquisition of new technologies and capabilities.

The SACT is responsible for NATO?s training and education programmes, which are designed to ensure that the Alliance has at its disposal staffs trained to common NATO standards and capable of operating effectively in a combined and joint force military environment.

Other tasks that come under the responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation include:

managing commonly funded resources allocated for NATO?s transformation programmes in order to provide timely, cost-effective solutions for operational requirements;
supporting the exercise requirements of Allied Command Operations throughout their planning, execution and assessment phases.
The SACT is proposed by a NATO nation and approved by the North Atlantic Council of NATO.

There is no assigned term for the SACT.

From 2002 to 2009, SACT has been a United States Flag or General officer, and dual-hatted as Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, which is responsible for maximizing future and present military capabilities of the United States. His command is exercised from the Headquarters of Alliance Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, United States, which is also where U.S. Joint Forces Command has its Headquarters.

French General St?phane Abrial took over from U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis on 9 September 2009. The first SACT was Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. from 2002 to 2005, followed by General Lance L. Smith from 2005 to 2007, and then General James Mattis from 2007 to 2009.

Joseph Purser

Director, Joint Futures Group, U.S. Joint Forces Command


Joseph Purser
Director, Joint Futures Group, J59
US Joint Forces Command (JFCOM)

Joe is the Director of the JFCOM Futures Group, a small think tank in the Strategy and Policy Directorate charged with identifying future challenges to the joint force and implications for new concepts and capabilities.

He was a distinguished military graduate from the Colorado State University with a BA in Political Science. He entered the US Army in 1976 and served in as commander or operations officer of numerous armor, cavalry, and infantry units in the U.S., Europe, and the CENTCOM AOR. Joe commanded the 3 Sqdn, 16th Cavalry from 1993 to 1995 and directed the US Army Armor Career Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, and the Virtual Training Program of the Mounted Battle Lab. He retired from active duty in 2000 and worked the Joint Warfighters, a Joint Test and Evaluation program under OSD.

Mr. Purser returned to government service in 2001 and has served in the JFCOM Experimentation Department as chief of the Red Team and Experiment Control Team, and then as the Department Head of the Experiment Dept, Joint Futures Lab and J9. Following a year on the JFCOM Commander?s Strategic Studies Group, he facilitated the creation of the Joint Futures Group, which is charged with integrating futures research with JFCOM missions to provide joint military implications, and guiding JFCOM future-focused activities to include the development of the Joint Operating Environment (JOE). Joe has a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland and maintains a certificate as Information Systems Analyst.

Gen James N. Mattis, USMC
Gen James N. Mattis, USMC

Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command


Gen. Mattis serves as commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), located in Norfolk, Va.

The command focuses on supporting current operations while shaping U.S. forces for the future.

Gen. Mattis has commanded at multiple levels. As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3rd Marine Division. As a captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade.

As a major, he commanded Recruiting Station Portland. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper's assault battalions in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a colonel, he commanded 7th Marines (Reinforced).

Upon becoming a brigadier general, he commanded first the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and then Task Force 58, during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan. As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In his first tour as a lieutenant general, he commanded the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and served as the deputy commandant for combat development.

Most recently, he commanded the I Marine Expeditionary Force and served as the commander of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

From 2007-09, he served as both NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and commander, USJFCOM.

Gen. Mattis, a native of the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Central Washington State University in 1972. He is also a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

Linda Specht

Deputy Director, Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Near East Asia Bureau, U.S. Department of State


Linda Specht is currently Deputy Director of the Arabian Peninsula Affairs in the Near East Asia Bureau. In this capacity, she participates in the management of State Department policy and resources for the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Yemen.

She served three tours in conflict zones; 2008-2009 in Iraq as Team Leader for embedded Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) in northern Baghdad Province, 2006-2007 as the Political Representative on the Dutch PRT in Urugzan Province in Southern Afghanistan, and in 2004 where she covered economic issues for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. From 2004-2006 she covered international assistance policy and Africa in the Office of Development Finance. A career Foreign Service Officer since 1989, she has also served in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Suriname. She received a Masters in National Security in 2008 from the National War College and a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.

VADM John G. Morgan, Jr., USN (Ret.)

former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Information, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)


With an economics degree from the University of Virginia, Morgan entered the U.S. Navy in 1972 and for the next 36 years was steeped in the practical side of planning, execution, and organizational leadership.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Morgan was commanding 10,000 men and women of the USS Enterprise carrier battle group, just then exiting the Strait of Hormuz. Upon getting word of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center he immediately turned the group?on his own authority?to be first in the theater of operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Morgan capped his Naval career as a key advisor to Admiral Mike Mullen, then Chief of Naval Operations (and, starting in 2007, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs). In that capacity he directed the creation of ""A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Sea Power."" Two years in the making, the global strategy is now in effect and reflects the input of national and international leaders in business, military, civic organizations, and think tanks, and is aimed at protecting vital interests in an increasingly interconnected and changing world.

Upon retirement from the Navy in 2008, Morgan assembled a team of global strategists to explore and disseminate evolving principles of anticipatory engagement and transition leadership. Their consultancy, Instantiation LLC, is based in the Washington, D.C., area and Winston-Salem, N.C.

Ori Brafman

New York Times best-selling author, "The Starfish and the Spider"


Born in Israel and raised in El Paso, Texas, Ori Brafman has been a lifelong entrepreneur in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. His projects include launching healthy fast food restaurants, leading political and advocacy campaigns, and co-founding Courtroom Connect, a wireless network company. In 2001, Ori co-founded a network of more than 1000 CEOs working for peace and economic development projects. The network was supported by the likes of venture capitalist John Doerr and the Ford Foundation and has catalyzed projects in the Middle East, Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Ori has facilitated a course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ori's first book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations (Penguin Portfolio) was released in October 2006, and is currently in its 16th printing. Fast Company, Newsweek, and Kirkus Reports found the book to be rewarding, credible, and convincing. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said, "as a result of reading The Starfish and the Spider, I proposed ten action points for my organization." Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman of eBay, described the book as "compelling and important." And Jack Covert of 800CEO summed it up: "I love this book."

Ori wrote his second book, Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior (Doubleday, June 2008) with his brother, Rom. The two are working on their next title.

Ori has appeared on BBC, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch video, Fox News, CSPAN, AP Video, and National-Cable-Radio among others. He has presented before audiences at Microsoft, Amazon, Televisa, Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and many others.

Ori holds a BA in peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Jamie McIntyre

former CNN, Senior Pentagon Correspondent


Veteran journalist Jamie McIntyre brings 16 years of frontline experience in national security reporting to his latest assignment: host of the ?Line of Departure,? a daily blog on Military.com.

Internationally known for his high-profile role as CNN?s Senior Pentagon and Military Affairs Correspondent from 1992 to 2008, McIntyre draws on his extensive firsthand inside knowledge to offer insights on both the military and the media.

From the intervention of Somalia to the invasion of Iraq, McIntyre has covered every U.S. military operation of the past two decades, both from inside the Pentagon and from the war zones
McIntyre was working in the Pentagon September 11, 2001 and was the first reporter to obtain what turned out to be the only photographs of Flight 77 hitting the building, images from a security camera that were released officially years later.

In December 2003 McIntyre broke the news of Saddam Hussein?s capture by American forces in Iraq, and in 2007 McIntyre?s in-depth investigation of the Army?s handling of the death of Pat Tillman was nominated for an Emmy award.

In his time as a Pentagon reporter, McIntyre logged more than half a million miles traveling to more than 60 countries, often with top military of civilian leaders.

Prior to joining CNN full time in 1992, McIntyre was a freelance reporter for the network, and also for several years the ?Voice of C-SPAN?.
From 1989?1991 McIntyre was the host and senior writer of Capital Edition, an Emmy award-winning news magazine show, which aired Sunday mornings on WUSA-TV, Channel 9 in Washington, and prior to that spent 12 years as an editor and reporter at WTOP all-news radio in Washington.

In July of 2009, McIntyre joined the editorial team at Military.com where he now blogs on national security and media issues at ?Jamie McIntyre?s Line of Departure,? Military.com?s Media and National Policy Journal.

BG David L. Grange, USA (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer, PPD Inc.


David L. Grange began serving as CEO of PPD, a contract research organization (CRO) that provides expertise in clinical trial development, management, and post approval services for pharmaceuticals, biotech and government organizations, in July 2009 after serving on the company?s board of directors since 2003.

BG Grange came to PPD after 10 years at the McCormick Foundation, most recently as president and CEO and earlier as executive COO. The Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States, works to advance the ideals of a free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country and has granted more than $1.3 billion to organizations in local communities across the nation.

Prior to joining the private sector, BG Grange served 30 years in the U.S. Army with his final position being Commanding General of the First Infantry Division. During a highly decorated military career, Grange was a Ranger, Green Beret, Aviator, Infantryman and member of other special operating units.

Assignments took him to Vietnam, the DMZ of Korea, Grenada, Russia, Africa, former Warsaw Pact countries, Central and South America, and the Middle East, to include the Gulf War.

Units included the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, L Company 75th Rangers, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Infantry Divisions, the 5th Special Forces Group, 158th Aviation Battalion, 1st SFOD-D, and the Ranger Regiment. He also served as an advisor to the 81st Recon Battalion of the Vietnamese Airborne Division. Grange was awarded three Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts.

While in the Pentagon, BG Grange served as the Deputy Director and Director of Army Current Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization, and was responsible for coordinating military support within the United States in response to natural disasters and for domestic preparedness against acts of terrorism.

He attended Army Infantry, Special Forces, Ranger, HALO, Scuba, Air Assault, and Aviation training; the U.S. Marine Corps Command and General Staff College; the British S.A.S. Course, the SFOD-D Course, and the National War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia College and a Master of Public Service from Western Kentucky University.

BG Grange was co-author of ?Air Mech Strike? and has written numerous papers and articles on national issues which have been shared with the highest levels of our government. Topics include developing irregular warfare leaders, confronting Iran, irregular warfare support base networks, Russia?s attack on Georgia, ?Whole of City,? ?Whole of Nation,? and ?Whole of World? concepts, preparedness, piracy, and more.

He has also spoken to a number of military, law enforcement agencies, security, education, government, corporate, and non-profit groups on topics ranging from leadership to national security, disaster preparedness to organizational effectiveness and efficiency, foreign relations to veterans? needs, civic engagement to nation rebuilding.

BG Grange serves on the boards of the Eshelman Foundation, the Gettysburg Foundation, NYS4VETs, ViaGlobal Group, the Society of the First Infantry Division, and the Corporate Council of the Vietnam Memorial Foundation.

Col. Thomas X. Hammes, USMC (Ret.)

Author, "The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century"


Linton Wells II, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor Force Transformation Chair, Center for Technology and National Security Policy


Dr. Linton Wells II is a Distinguished Research Professor and serves as the Transformation Chair at National Defense University (NDU). Prior to coming to NDU he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) from 1991 to 2007, serving last as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). In addition, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and DoD Chief Information Officer for nearly two years. His other OSD positions included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence-C3I) and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy Support) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy).

In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. In addition, he acquired a wide range of experience in operations analysis; Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East affairs; and C3I. Recently he has been focusing on STAR-TIDES, a research project focusing on affordable, sustainable support to stressed populations and public-private interoperability (http://www.star-tides.net/).

Dr. Wells was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1946. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography. He attended graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Master of Science in Engineering degree in mathematical sciences and a PhD in international relations. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, the first U.S. naval officer to attend there.

Dr. Wells has written widely on security studies in English and Japanese journals. He co-authored Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War, which was published in 1997. His hobbies include history, the relationship between policy and technology, and scuba diving. He has thrice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

COL Michael J. Jones, USA

Office of the Chief of Cyber, Army CIO/G-6


Deputy Director Cyber -- Emerging Technologies

COL Jones has over 26 years of military service. Since 1995 all his military assignments were related to information technology. He operated the Army National Guard?s worldwide network (GuardNet) for four years, and has served as an IT Plans and Policy Chief; Deputy Director of the Enterprise Technology Service Activity and as the Deputy Director Cyber - Emerging Technologies. He holds the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation certification, is a Lean Six Sigma green belt and has completed the Chief Information Officer (CIO) course with Information Assurance (IA) emphasis from the National Defense University. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science degree in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University.

James Kunder

Senior Resident Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States


James Kunder is a Senior Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He advises on international development issues including the modernization of foreign assistance and the nexus between security and development.

Previously, Mr. Kunder served as acting deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. government organization responsible for administering the U.S. foreign assistance programs.

He has extensive government and private sector experience in international development. Beginning in July 2004 at USAID, he served as assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East. Previously, from July 2002 to July 2004, he was the deputy assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East and from January to May 2002, he was Director for relief and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Kunder was deputy assistant administrator for external affairs at USAID. He then served as director of the Agency's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996, he was vice president for program development at Save the Children Federation, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Kunder has also served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives, senior transportation analyst for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and deputy director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He was an infantry platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973.

He has published numerous articles on international humanitarian issues, peacekeeping and crisis management.

Additionally, Kunder testified before the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement in April 2009:
USAID: Management Challenges and Strategic Objectives

Mr. Kunder has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in political science and a master's in international relations from Georgetown University.

Recent Publications by James Kunder
A Fundamentally Flawed Afghan Policy
Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century

MG Robert H. Scales, USA (Ret.)

former Commandant, U.S. Army War College and Author


Dr. Michael Vlahos

Professor of Strategy, Naval War College


Michael Vlahos is a Fellow at the National Security Analysis Department of APL, and a professor of strategy at the Naval War College. His most recent book is "Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change." He also formerly served as Director of the U.S. State Department's Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs and as Director of Security Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He received his A.B. from Yale College and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

VADM Herb Browne, USN (Ret.)

former Deputy comander, U.S. Space Command


Proud of his Texas heritage, but wanting to see the world, VADM Browne enlisted in the Navy in 1964 to see the world?and 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.

Robert J. Carey

Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON)


Mr. Robert J. Carey serves as the sixth Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). As the DON CIO, Mr. Carey is the senior Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) official in the Department and he provides top-level advocacy to the Secretary of the Navy for the development and use of IM/IT and creation of a unified IM/IT vision for the Navy?Marine Corps team. 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. Carey is the Department?s IM/IT workforce leader and Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer.

Mr. Carey entered the Senior Executive Service in June 2006 as the DON Deputy Chief Information Officer (Policy and Integration) and was responsible for leading the DON CIO staff in developing strategies for achieving IM and IT enterprise integration across the Department.

Mr. Carey?s Federal service began with the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in October 1982 and he has been serving the Department of the Navy since February 1985. Mr. Carey joined the staff of the DON CIO in February 2000, during which time he served as the DON CIO eBusiness Team Leader through June 2003. During this period he also served as the Director of the DON Smart Card Office from February through September 2001. Before joining the DON CIO, Mr. Carey served in a variety of engineering and program management leadership positions within the Acquisition Community in the Undersea Warfare domain.

Mr. Carey attended the University of South Carolina where he received a bachelor?s of science degree in engineering in 1982. He earned a master of engineering management degree from the George Washington University in 1995. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and has been awarded the DON Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Superior Civilian Service Award, as well as numerous other performance awards. He was awarded the prestigious Federal 100 award in 2006, recognizing his vast CIO accomplishments.

Mr. Carey is an active member of the United States Navy Reserve. He received a direct commission to the Civil Engineer Corps in March 1989 and currently holds the rank of Commander. He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Shield/Storm and most recently Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served in the Al Anbar province with I Marine Expeditionary Force.

MG Michael D. Jones, USA

USCENTCOM, Director of Operations, J-3


Major General Michael D. Jones assumed duties as Director of
Operations (CCJ3), U.S. Central Command, in September 2008.

MG Jones was commissioned through the ROTC Program
upon graduation from Carson-Newman College, TN in 1977. His military
education includes the Armored Officer Basic and Infantry Officer
Advanced Courses, United States Army Command and General Staff
College and United States Army War College. In addition, he holds a
Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern

MG Jones has served in command and staff positions throughout his career to include: Platoon Leader, later Executive Officer, C Company, followed by S-1 (Personnel), 2d Battalion, 32d Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Student, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA; Asst G-1 (Personnel), Officer Personnel Management, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX; Commander, D Company, 3d Battalion, 66th Armor, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX; Tactics Instructor/Doctrine Writer, later Tactical Team Leader Command and Tactics Division, United States Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Student, United
States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; S-3 (Operations), later Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 68th Armor, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado;
Chief, Training Directorate, G-3 (Operations), 4th Infantry (Mechanized), Fort Carson, CO; Deputy Director of Plans, Training, and Mobilization, United States Army Garrison, Fort Carson, Colorado; Commander, 2d Battalion, 67th Armor, later G-3 (Operations) later Chief of Staff, 1st Armored Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany and OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Student, Untied States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Commander, 16th Calvary Regiment, United States Army Armored Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Chief, Long Range Policy Planning Cell, later Executive Assistant to J-5 (Strategic Plans and Policy), later Executive Assistant to Director, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC; Director, Staff Group, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, Washington, DC; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Deputy Director of Politico-Military Affairs (Middle East), J-5, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC; Commanding General, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-
National Security Transition Command-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq, and currently serving as Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL.

MG Jones? awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal
(with 3 Oak Leave Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge; Range Tab.

Maj Dino Mora (CCd)

Italian Army, SACT, HUMINT/CI staff officer, Allied Command Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)


Major Mora joined the Italian Military Academy in 1992. Had four turns in Bosnia Herzegovina as infantry platoon leader ( mountain troops ) from 1997 to 2000, three turns in Kosovo ( from 1999 to 2001)?two as platoon leader one as deputy Company commander, Africa, and two turns in Afghanistan. Last one, in 2005, was designated as Chief of Tactical Operation Center during the handover with the US PRT in HERAT. Once the ITA PRT was established was detached as liaison with the SF and intell teams during their activities (mainly HUMINT ops) in RC WEST.

In May 2007 was going to be deployed again in Afghanistan with the OMLTs but in September 2007 was appointed at SACT as HUMINT / CI staff officer. He was promoted to the rank of Major on July 2010.

Vago Muradian

Editor, Defense News, former Managing Editor, Defense Daily International, and business and international reporter, Defense Daily


Vago Muradian is the editor of Defense News, the world?s leading defense news weekly. Before joining Defense News, he was managing editor of Defense Daily International and the business and international reporter for Defense Daily, where he covered a wide range of military and industry issues, including military procurement, mergers and antitrust policy, acquisition reform and export controls.

Mr. Muradian joined Defense Daily from Air Force Times, the top U.S. publication covering the U.S. Air Force. He covered procurement issues, the Air Mobility Command, and operations in Somalia, Zaire, Europe and Haiti. Before that, he served as Defense News? land warfare reporter. He started his career at Inside the Army.

He earned his bachelor?s degree in political science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

GEN Craig R. McKinley, USAF

Chief, National Guard Bureau


General Craig R. McKinley is Chief, National Guard Bureau, a joint activity of the Department of Defense, Arlington, Va.

As Chief, he is the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the President, he serves as principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on National Guard matters. He is also the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all National Guard issues. As National Guard Bureau Chief, he serves as the department's official channel of communication with the Governors and Adjutants General. General McKinley received his commission in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at group, wing, sector and field operating agency levels.

General McKinley is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, primarily in the T-38, F-106, F-16 and F-15. Additionally, General McKinley has been pilot in command in the C-131 and C-130 operational supportairlift aircraft.

MAJ Bruce Gannaway, USA


LTG Sir Graeme Lamb, British Army (Ret.)

former British Special Forces Commander


Lieutenant General (retired) Graeme Cameron Maxwell Lamb was born just after the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth in 1953 in England. He entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1971 and was commissioned into the Queen's Own Highlanders as a second lieutenant on 8 March 1973 in the British Army.

He has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Africa, South America, Iraq (four times), and Afghanistan (twice). He has enjoyed operational command from 2LT to LtGen and retired after 38 years of active service.
Graeme was credited by author Linda Robinson for convincing his U.S. colleagues to adopt the principle of "limited war"?a process requiring "patience, subtlety, and a willingness to accept that Iraqis' own proclivities were going to drive much of the war's outcome". His decisions to change the culture of the force were influenced by his experiences in Northern Ireland. Lamb has been credited with having had substantial influence over the evolution of counter-insurgency in Iraq from 2006 onwards.

Dr. Patrick Cronin

Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security


Patrick Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at National Defense University and has had a 25-year career inside government and academic research centers, spanning defense affairs, foreign policy, and development assistance.

Dr. Cronin served more than two years at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), where he was the Director of Studies, Editor of the Adelphi Papers, and Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database. Prior to joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Director of Research and Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

In 2001, he was confirmed by the Senate to the third-ranking position at the U.S. Agency for International Development. While serving as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, Dr. Cronin led agency, interagency, and international policy deliberations, as well as the interagency task force that helped design the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Dr. Cronin spent seven years at the National Defense University, arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues. He was the founding Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became both Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Institute. He received the Army's Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon his departure from NDU in 1997. He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, and an analyst with the Congressional Research Service and SRI International. He was Associate Editor of Strategic Review and worked as an undergraduate at the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News.

Dr. Cronin has taught at several universities. He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University?s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University?s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Virginia?s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government.

He read International Relations at St Antony?s College, University of Oxford, where he received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. His publications include: Global Strategic Assessment, 2009: America?s Security Role in a Changing World (NDU Press 2009); Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations (co-editor with Hans Binnendijk, NDU Press 2009); The Impenetrable Fog of War: Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise (Praeger 2008); The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Adelphi Paper Classics (Routledge 2008); and Double Trouble: Iran and North Korea as Challenges to International Security (Praeger 2007).

CAPT Kirby R. Warms, USMC

Embedded Trainer with the Afghan National Army


ADM Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.)

former Commander, Northern Command/U.S. Pacific Command


ADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command


Born and raised in Baltimore, Md., Adm. John C. Harvey was commissioned from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1973 and immediately commenced training in the Navy?s Nuclear Propulsion program.

Harvey has served at sea aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), USS McInerney (FFG 8), as reactor officer aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and as executive officer on USS Long Beach (CGN 9). He commanded USS David R Ray (DD 971), USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight/Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group. He has deployed to the North and South Atlantic; the Mediterranean, Baltic and Red seas; the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf.

Ashore, he served three tours at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in a variety of billets including surface nuclear officer detailer, CGN/CVN placement officer, surface nuclear program manager in N13, legislative adviser to chief of naval personnel (CNP), executive assistant to CNP and as director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Management Division (OPNAV N12). He has also served as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense (Policy), and on the Navy staff as deputy for Warfare Integration (OPNAV N7F). Most recently, he served as the 54th chief of naval personnel/OPNAV N1 and as the director, Navy staff (OPNAV).

Harvey assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in July 2009.

Harvey?s education includes Phillips Exeter Academy, 1969; U.S. Naval Academy, Bachelor?s degree in Political Science, 1973; Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Master?s degree in Public Administration, 1988.

LTG Keith M. Huber, USA

Deputy Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command


As deputy commander, Lieutenant General Huber assists the commander in overseeing the performance of U.S. Joint Forces Command, whose mission is to provide mission-ready, joint-capable forces and support the development and integration of joint, interagency, and multi-national capabilities to meet the present and future operational needs of the joint force.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, he has held numerous conventional duty assignments, including tours with the 7th and 10th Infantry Divisions as well as two tours in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a company commander, battalion operations and brigade operations officer. During Operation Desert Storm, he was the chief of operations and later served as a battalion commander and director of civil military operations.

His joint duty unconventional warfare assignments include a tour as a Special Forces Operational Detachment team leader in Panama. He served two tours as a field advisor in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and as the chief of operations for the United Nations mission in Haiti. He commanded Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras and then served as the executive officer to the commander of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).

As a general officer, he served as the director of operations of USSOUTHCOM, assistant division commander (operations) for the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), deputy commanding general for 1st Army, commander of Task Force Falcon in Kosovo, chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board and director of the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as the commander of U.S. Army South.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree. His subsequent military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. He also earned a master of public administration from Golden State University in 1984.

He has earned the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Master Parachutist, Special Operations Diving Supervisor, Air Assault and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification badges and is Special Forces and Ranger qualified.

Maj Gen Kevin J. Kennedy, USAF

Director for Capability Development (J8), U.S. Joint Forces Command


Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Kennedy is the Director, Joint Capability Development Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. He serves as lead joint integrator for all of the Department of Defense's uniformed components, and he oversees the Joint Command and Control Capability Portfolio Management program.

General Kennedy is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 40th Air Expeditionary Wing. He gained extensive interagency expertise while serving as the deputy, then acting Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force level and while commanding the Air Force C2ISR center. He garnered extensive international experience while augmenting U.S. Air Forces Europe during Operation Allied Force, then while serving as the Afghanistan ACCE to the NATO sponsored Commander of the International Security Assistance Force.
His joint experience also includes two tours at U.S. Strategic Command. His command and control experience includes command of the Air Force C2ISR Center which was reformed to the Global Cyberspace Integration Center during his tenure.

General Kennedy is a command pilot with 3,600 hours, including 145 combat hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

1978 Bachelor's degree in management, U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1987 Master's degree in human resources, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
1991 College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1992 Master's degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1996 National Security Fellowship, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2006 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

1979 Distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training
1991 Distinguished graduate, College of Naval Command and Staff
2003 Air Combat Command nominee for the Air Force's General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award

VADM Doug Crowder, USN (Ret.)

former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy) N3/N5, former Commander, 7th Fleet


Vice Admiral Doug Crowder retired from the Navy on 1 January 2010. His last assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), the senior advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations on joint operations and strategies, strategic planning, international politico-military matters, and security assistance.

Admiral Crowder has commanded at sea at every level, including command of USS KIDD (DDG-993), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP, and the US SEVENTH FLEET. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, during the 2004-05 tsunami relief operations.

Ashore, Admiral Crowder served 10 different assignments in the Pentagon including duty on the Joint Staff, Secretary of the Navy?s staff, and seven tours on the CNO?s staff (OPNAV), most in the politico-military and strategic planning arena. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, US PACIFIC FLEET.

Admiral Crowder is a 1974 graduate of the US Naval Academy. In 1980, he was selected an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Admiral Crowder is currently the President, CROWDER STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS LLC; an independent consultancy focused on leadership, management and international security affairs.

MG Stephen R. Layfield, USA

Commander, Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command


Layfield graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1978. He has commanded troops in 2nd Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized); B Company, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), at Fort Polk, Louisiana; 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, later redesignated 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; Operation Able Sentry, Macedonia and Operation Joint Guard/Endeavor, Bosnia and 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

He has served as the deputy commanding general/assistant commandant, U.S. Army Infantry Center and School, Fort Benning, Ga.; deputy chief of staff for operations, G-3, Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, Germany; deputy chief of staff for operations, G-3, Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps with duty as deputy chief of staff for operations, International Security Assistance Force, Operations Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and as deputy commander, Security, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and commanding general of U.S. Army Alaska, headquartered at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

His military education includes the infantry officer basic and advanced courses, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He holds a master?s degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

RADM Charles Beers, USN (Ret.)

Vice President, Maritime Programs, Lockheed Martin, former Commander, Submarine Group Ten


Rear Admiral Charles ?Chuck? Beers graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. Following nuclear power and submarine training, he served in a series of increasing responsible positions in several submarines including Engineer and Navigator. He servered ashore as the Nuclear Power Officer on the staff of Commander Submarine Force Atlantic.

RADM Beers served as the Commanding Officer, USS MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL (SSN 708) a fast attack submarine for 3 years. He returned to the staff of Commander Submarine Force for two years as the Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor, responsible for training all submarine commanding officers. Following this tour, he relieved as Commanding Officer, USS DIXON (AS 37) a submarine nuclear repair ship with a crew of 1500.

RADM Beers served as the Deputy Director and then Director, Attack Submarine Division, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations responsible for the fast attack submarine budget direction and program development. Assigned next to the Department of Energy as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Military Application and Stockpile Support, he was responsible for the design, safeguarding, manufacture and distribution of the nation?s nuclear weapons and related programs. Rear Admiral Beers?s last Navy assignment was Commander Submarine Group Ten, the Atlantic Fleet command for all ballistic missile submarines.

Under his leadership, his crews have earned the Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three awards), and the Battle Efficiency ?E? (Five awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. His personal awards include; the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (five awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Rear Admiral Beers has attended Harvard University?s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI.

RADM Beers serves as President of the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation. He also is the President of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum Foundation, Vice President of the Hampton Roads USO, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Navy League, Nautics and a National Director of the Navy League.

RADM Beers is the Vice President, Maritime Programs. In this capacity he supervises Corporate Field Marketing coverage to the Maritime customers in key geographic areas. He also chairs the Corporation?s Maritime Focus Team, which is designed to bring the various corporate business units together and focus on complex Maritime programs / issues.

RADM Beers and his wife, Susan, have two children. Their son, Clay, is a 1995 graduate of the Naval Academy and an F/A-18 pilot. He is currently assigned as the Naval Aide to the President of the United States. Their daughter, Irene, graduated from Colgate University in 1998 and is an adjunct professor at Gettysburg College.

Dr. J. Michael Waller

Professor of International Communication, The Institute of World Politics, Vice President, Information Operations, Center for Security Policy


Dr. Waller holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair in International Communication, and directs the Institute's graduate programs on public diplomacy and political warfare.

He has been a scholar-practitioner in public diplomacy, political warfare, psychological operations and information operations in support of US foreign and military policy for 25 years. He was a member of the staff of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, served on the White House Task Force on Central America, and has been a consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Information Agency, the US Agency for International Development, the Office of the Secretary of Defense in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the US Army. In 2006 he received a citation from the Director of the FBI for "exceptional service in the public interest."

Professor Waller is Vice President for Information Operations of the Center for Security Policy. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor in psychological and information operations for the US military and the intelligence community.

He is a member of the faculty of the Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace (LDESP) program at the Naval Postgraduate School; and is an Honorary Fellow at the Proteus Futures Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership of the US Army War College, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Intelligence University. In 2010 he was named a member of the Psychological Operations Capabilities-Based Assessment team for the US Special Operations Command.

Dr. Waller has written for Insight, the Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, USA Today, the Washington Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is an occasional commentator on the BBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

He was a founding editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, published in cooperation with the American University and Moscow State University. He founded and edited Serviam, a magazine for and about private sector global stability solutions, published between 2007 and 2009. His blog is PoliticalWarfare.org.

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1985, George Washington University; John M. Olin Fellow, Boston University, 1987-1989; M.A., Boston University, 1989; Ph.D., Boston University, Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy, 1993.
? Recipient of the University Professors Alumni Award for Best Dissertation, 1993.
? Recipient of the University Professors Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007.

VADM Robert C. Parker, USCG

Commander, LANTAREA, U.S. Coast Guard


Coast Guard Atlantic Area
Coast Guard Defense Force East

VADM Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Coast Guard Defense Force East on 30 April 2010. He is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He holds a graduate degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1999. He has over 12 years of sea duty, including 3 commands, that have included operations as diverse as 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.

VADM Parker?s tours ashore 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 California; Chief of Operations, Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda California; Chief of Staff, Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle Washington; Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington DC; and U.S. Southern Command?s first Director of Security and Intelligence in Miami, Florida, where he directed U.S. military operations and intelligence efforts, and coordinated interagency operations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, as the first U.S. Coast Guard officer to serve as a Director in any Department of Defense command.

VADM Parker?s awards include 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.

Valerie Bailey Grasso

Specialist, Defense Acquisition Policy, Congressional Research Service


Jeffrey P. Bialos

Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP


Jeffrey Bialos is a member of Sutherland?s Corporate Practice Group and has broad legal and government experience in aerospace, defense, homeland security and national security matters, including mergers, acquisitions, antitrust, procurement, export controls and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He advises clients on international commercial, trade and public policy issues, including global navigation and timing systems and transactions in emerging markets. Jeff has significant regional experience in Europe, Japan and the Middle East. His areas of practice focus include:

? Aerospace and defense mergers and acquisitions such as Northrop Grumman?s acquisition of TRW and Newport News, ITT?s acquisition of Kodak?s Remote Sensing Business, and L-3 Communication?s acquisition of The Titan Corporation. Focus on antitrust, corporate, government contracts and related issues that arise during defense acquisitions.
? Foreign acquisitions of U.S. defense firms, including structuring industrial security arrangements such as special security agreements and proxies.
? Major internal investigations and compliance programs with respect to defense trade controls, government contracts and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
? Exon-Florio ?national security? investigations. During his career, Jeff has participated in over 80 reviews of foreign acquisitions by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, including most recently cases involving foreign investment in U.S. infrastructure firms in information technology, command control and communications and electronic voting as well as defense and space.
? International strategy and collaborative arrangements, including structuring complex international arrangements such as joint ventures and teaming arrangements and conducting ?red team? reviews of the international strategy, organizational structure and regulatory approach of U.S. defense firms.
? Procurement matters, including bid protests and cutting-edge issues such as organizational conflict of interest.

Jeff is active in many aspects of public service. Since 2006, he has served as a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force, which examines the future of the U.S. defense industry, and previously served on a Task Force focused on the impact of export controls on the U.S. space industry. Jeff was appointed by Virginia Governor Mark Warner in 2004 and was re-appointed in 2006 by Governor Tim Kaine to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, which oversees that state?s homeland security policy planning. He recently chaired a sub-panel and co-authored a report on homeland security performance measures.

Jeff?s non-legal experience includes work with the U.S. government in several capacities. From 1999 to 2000, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense (DoD) Distinguished Public Service Medal. While with the DoD, Jeff led the review of defense mergers and acquisitions, advised the Secretary of Defense on policies and programs concerning the defense industrial base and managed initiatives/negotiations with U.S. allies on trans-Atlantic defense industrial cooperation. In addition, Jeff managed the review of several path-breaking transatlantic defense acquisitions and was integrally involved in developing the Defense Trade Security Initiative (a major reform of U.S. defense export controls). Also, as Head of the U.S. Delegation for Negotiations with the European Union concerning U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and the proposed European system (Galileo), Jeff chaired the U.S. inter-agency committee on international aspects of GPS, led the development of a draft U.S.-EU cooperation agreement later consummated, and conducted numerous bilaterals with EU nations and Russia.

From 1997 to 1999, Jeff acted as the Special Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, where he addressed international economic policy matters, including economic sanctions, anti-corruption and rule of law issues, and trade issues. He was a key architect of the Southeast Europe Compact for Reform, Investment, Integrity and Growth, a framework for economic reform, anti-corruption and assistance efforts in the region. Jeff also played a key role in Vice President Al Gore?s 1999 Global Forum Against Corruption.

From 1996 to 1997, Jeff was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration. He administered the anti-dumping and countervailing duties and handled major trade disputes, negotiations and related litigation.He assisted in supervising a complex rule-making on regulations to implement the Uruguay Round agreements. Jeff participated in the Gore-Kuchma Commission (leading an anti-corruption initiative) and the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission (as chair of the market access subcommittee).

Before joining the firm, Jeff spent more than 13 years in private practice in Washington, D.C. His work included:
? major trade negotiations and disputes (U.S.-Japan semiconductor negotiations and proceedings, steel, and paper);
? transactions in emerging markets, including a significant role in structuring the Enterprise Funds; private/public initiatives established by the U.S. government under the SEED Act to promote private sector development in Central Europe;
? the structuring of private equity funds and privatization transactions; work with Ex-Im Bank and OPIC; and
? a range of counseling on other international legal and public policy issues (treaties, agreements, and extraterritorial application of U.S. law).

Jeff currently serves as Executive Director of the Program on Transatlantic Security and Industry at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, which focuses on the evolving role of NATO, the development of coalition war fighting capabilities, and the integration of Transatlantic defense industries. In recent years, Jeff chaired major symposia on ?The Defense Industry A Decade After the Last Supper,? European Defense R & D, the U.S.-German Security Relationship, and the ?Visions of the 21st Century Space Industry.?

In 2001, Jeff served as a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and was for seven years an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a course entitled ?Central Europe and the NIS: Societies in Transition.? Following law school, he was a law clerk to a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice. He also served on the President?s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration.

Jeff has authored and co authored a number of articles on a range of international subjects, has spoken at numerous professional conferences, and has testified before Congress.

Dr. A. Wayne Meeks

Executive Director, DASN Ships, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)


Dr. Meeks is the Executive Director for Ships/Submarines, Integrated Warfare Systems reporting to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ships (DASN Ships). As Executive Director for DASN Ships, Dr. Meeks has advisory and oversight responsibility for the cost, schedule, and performance of surface ship, submarine, and Marine Corps combat systems, weapon systems, electronic warfare systems, shipboard radars, Open Architecture, and Navy missile defense programs. As DASN Ships representative he ensures the development of strategies and formulation of acquisition policies that result in integrated and interoperable war fighting capability. These capabilities include weapons, sensors, command, control, and decision systems for cruise missile defense, Navy ballistic missile defense, and ship self-defense and computing architectures for undersea and littoral warfare, time sensitive targeting, and strike missions.

Dr. Meeks was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 2001 and has 38 years of Federal Service.

Dr. Meeks served as the Executive Director, Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) from January 2004 through July 2008. As the senior civilian for PEO IWS, he was responsible for all Navy Surface Ship and Submarine Combat Systems, Missiles (except TRIDENT and TOMAHAWK), Radars, Launchers (except TRIDENT), Electronic Warfare systems, Anti-Submarine Warfare systems, and Gun systems.

Dr. Meeks served as Executive Director of the Warfare Systems Engineering Directorate (SEA-06) in Naval Sea Systems Command from September 2001 through January 2004 where he was concurrently assigned as the Technical Authority for Battle Force Systems Engineering. He led the creation of the NAVSEASYSCOM Warfare Systems Engineering Directorate in 2002 after serving as the Executive Director of its precursor organization following his appointment to the Senior Executive Service in September 2001.

From December 1993 through September 2001, Dr. Meeks served as the Executive Director of Naval Warfare Assessment Division in Corona, Calif. During his tenure, he oversaw the consolidation of the Naval Ordnance Center?s engineering functions and the transition of Naval Warfare Assessment Division to the Naval Surface Warfare Center. As the senior civilian, he was responsible for leadership of the 1000 person workforce, formulation and execution of the Naval Working Capital Fund budget, and delivery of technical products and services.

From March 1991 to December 1993, Dr. Meeks served as Special Assistant to the AEGIS Direct Reporting Program Manager in Washington, DC. There he advised the AEGIS Direct Reporting Program Manager on studies and reviews of AEGIS capabilities, requirements, and advanced development.

Dr. Meeks attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and Master?s of Science in electrical engineering in 1971. From 1977 to 1979 he returned to the University of Oklahoma under a Navy Training Fellowship and graduated with a doctor of philosophy in electrical engineering. He has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award and Navy Superior Civilian Service awards.

The Honorable Michael Chertoff

former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Founder & Chairman of the Chertoff Group, LLC


As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines ? because the important news is what didn?t happen.
At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff will provide high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. ?Risk management has become the CEO?s concern,? he says. ?We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.?

Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism ? including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm?s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.

LT Cedric Nelson-Williams, USN

Afghan Regional Security Integrated Command


Recently returned from Afghanistan, where he earned a MSM for his performance while assigned to the Afghan Regional Security Integrated Command.

Supported 35 FOO teams directly supported Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan National Police (ANP),U.S. Mentor teams and the local economy with an influx of critical materials and currency thru his LOG operations.

Finally, he also served as the Region's sole coordinator for Aerial Carrier Delivery Service (CDS) which provided for air delivery of vital supplies to Coalition Forces in areas cut off by enemy forces, severe weather, or rugged terrain.


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Sharpening the Competitive Edge: Are We Ready to Compete, Deter, and Win Globally? Wednesday, 13 February - Friday, 15 February...

2019 U.S. Naval Institute Member Event

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23 January - Book Talk

Wed, 2019-01-23

9 February - Presentation

Sat, 2019-02-09

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