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Dr. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC.  He teaches national security policy and resource planning.  Dr. Adams is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where he directs the program on Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense.   Dr. Adams was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and authored a book on national security resource planning.  Dr. Adams has been a senior White House official for national security and foreign policy budgets.  As the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) he was responsible for oversight of all US foreign affairs and national security budgeting.   Before his assignment at OMB, Dr. Adams was founder and Director of the Defense Budget Project—a nonpartisan research center in Washington, DC.  Dr. Adams earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University with a specialization in Western Europe.  He was a Fulbright Fellow pursuing European studies at the College of Burges, Belgium.  

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.

Vice Admiral Lee GunnVice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret) served in the US Navy for 35 years.  His last assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy.  Admiral Gunn has extensive experience in the areas of manpower, personnel, and training.  He was former Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, and Commander, Navy Personnel Command.  Immediately after retiring from active duty, Admiral Gunn was asked by the Chief of Naval Operations to lead the Executive Review of Navy Training.  He is currently President of the Institute for Public Research at CNA Corporation.  IPR meets the research and analysis needs of those who address domestic policy issues in the areas of air traffic management, education, health research and policy, organizational learning and effectiveness, safety and security, as well as other domestic issues.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Katherine McGrady is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Center of Naval Analyses (CNA) responsible for the execution of CNA's strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high performance.   Previous positions Dr. McGrady held are:  Field Representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and to the Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force.  She served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield/Desert Storm).  She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia.  Dr. McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Elisabeth Pate-CornellDr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and past Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.  Elisabeth’s specialty is engineering risk analysis with application to complex systems (space, medical).  Her research has focused on explicit consideration of human and organizational factors in the analysis of failure risks, and recently, on the use of game theory in risk analysis.  Applications in the last few years have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation problems.  She is a member of the NAE and of several boards (Aerospace, Draper, InQtel, etc.).  She was a member of the PFIAB until December 2008.  She holds an Engineer degree (Applied Math/CS) from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (France), and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems, both from Stanford University.

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.

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