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Dr. Paul Bracken is a professor of management and of Political Science at Yale University.  Dr. Bracken designed and taught the new Yale School of Management core course for all entering MBAs on Problem Framing.  He consistently is rated as the number one professor in Yale SOM’s executive education programs.  He is a founding member of Yale Grand Strategy program in the International Security Studies Program.  He is the author of many books and publications in such topics as defense strategy, national security, command and control, global political economy, war gaming, and the nuclear age.  Dr. Bracken earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Yale University and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Honorable Christopher Jehn is an executive at THE SPECTRUM GROUP where he leads the privately held corporation in the consulting of defense, aerospace, mergers, acquisition support, and human capital fields.  He served previously as the Vice President of government programs for Cray, Inc. and was the Assistant Director for National Security of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.  During the Bush Administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel responsible for policy and oversight of the recruiting, training, compensation, support, and management of the then more than three million military and civilian personnel in the Department.   Prior to this appointment, he was Vice President and Director of the Marine Corps Operations Analysis Group at the Center for Naval Analyses.  Honorable Christopher Jehn was educated at Beloit College and the University of Chicago and was a National Merit Scholar.  He was a University Fellow at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. is a Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University in Medford, MA.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff has also held a visiting appointment as George C. Marshall Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, and as Professor at the National Defense College in Tokyo, Japan.  He has served as Honorary Professor, University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and has advised key U.S. government officials on military strategy, defense modernization, the future of Atlantic Alliance, proliferation and counter-proliferation issues, and arms control policy.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff is also the founder and President of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis—an independent, nonpartisan organization whose major purposes are to conduct research, produce and publish studies in the form of reports, briefings, point papers, policy recommendations, monograph, and books.  Dr. Pfaltzgraff has earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has an MBA in International Business from The Wharton School.

Ambassador (Ret) Nancy Soderberg is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Director of Public Policy Initiatives at University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  Ambassador Soderberg served five years as a Presidential Appointee--the alternate representative to the United Nations, representing the United States at the UN Security Council on a wide range of national security issues.  Her foreign policy experience is extends three decades.  She earned a Master’s of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  She has authored many publications in international affairs, politics, and policy.

Vice Adm. William F. Moran, a native of New York graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and a master's degree from the National War College in 2006. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 57th chief of naval personnel, Aug. 2, 2013. Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command, and Naval Education and Training Command. A P-3 pilot with operational tours spanning both coasts, he commanded Patrol Squadron 46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two, and served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours and two tours with Patrol Squadron 30. Additional operational tour include staff member for commander, Carrier Group Six aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59). Ashore, he served as assistant Washington placement officer and assistant flag officer detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel; executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; deputy director, Navy staff; and, executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. As a flag officer, he served as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group and Director, Air Warfare (N98) on the staff of the chief of naval operations.

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