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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 recently retired after 14 years of service at CNA Corporation, 11 years as President of the Institute for Public Research.  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.

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.

Brigadier General Helen G. Pratt is the President of Marine Corps University (Representing Training & Education Command (TECOM).  She graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1988 and completed The Basic School (TBS) in 1989.  Brigadier General Pratt was assigned as the Commanding General, FHG, Marine Forces Reserves in New Orleans, Louisiana in July 2014.  She  was selected to command the 4th Civil Affairs Group from August 2010 to April 2012, and deployed for a year to Afghanistan with 2nd MarDiv (Fwd) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In April 2012, she was selected as the Deputy Commander for the stand-up of the new Force Headquarters Group (FHG) Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) in New Orleans, Louisiana and then was reassigned as the Deputy Commander for the 4th MLG from August 2012 to July 2014.   Brigadier General Pratt has been employed by Orange County Public Schools in Orlando Florida since 1994 and works as an "At-Risk" counselor at Glenridge Middle School, serving over 1,400 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. She has an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in School Psychology and graduated from the Army War College with a Masters Degree (M.A.) in Strategic Studies in July 2009.

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