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The Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors is a fifteen member federal advisory subcommittee providing guidance on matters pertaining to NPS and its graduate education and research programs. The Board, comprised of senior defense, academia and industry leaders, reports to the Education for Seapower Advisory Board.


Non-Federal Membership

The non-federal membership composition of the Board of Advisors has been carefully selected to ensure balanced, independent perspectives representing several relevant communities, including Academia, the Armed Forces, Business and Industry, Research, and National Security.


Mr. Donald R. Dixon Mr. Donald R. Dixon is Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Trident Capital, Inc, now ForgePoint Capital. Mr. Dixon’s specialty is cybersecurity software and services. He serves on the Board of several private and public cybersecurity companies. He is a member of the Board of Business Executives for National Security and serves on its Cyber and Tech Council. He is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Mr. Dixon earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Dixon served on active duty as a Lieutenant (USNR) during the Vietnam War, primarily in the engineering department of destroyers.

Honorable William “Jim” Haynes Honorable William “Jim” Haynes, II served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at CSRA Inc, a next-generation Information Technologies solutions and services company from January 2016 until $10B sale of the company in April 2018. Prior experience includes four years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SIGA Technologies, Inc. (biotech); four years leading the Corporation Law Department of Chevron Corporation (energy); seven years as Chief Legal Officer of the U. S. Department of Defense; a cumulative five years in practice as a partner at Jenner & Block (law firm); and three years as an executive lawyer at General Dynamics Corporation (government contractor). Mr. Haynes was appointed in 1990 by the President to serve as General Counsel of the Department of the Army until 1993. He earned his J.D. in 1983, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and an A.B. in 1980, cum laude, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. He pro bono served as a Mercy Corps International volunteer in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Mr. Haynes is a former Captain in the United States Army.

Dr. Elisabeth Pate-Cornell Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Elisabeth’s specialty is engineering risk analysis with applications to complex systems (space, medical, etc.). Her research has focused on explicit consideration of human and organizational factors in the analysis of failure risks, and on the use of game theory in risk analysis. Applications in the last few years have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation, space systems and risks to cyber security. She is a member of the NAE and of the NASA Advisory Council. She was until recently on several other boards (Aerospace, Draper and InQtel). 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.

Honorable G. Kim Wincup Honorable G. Kim Wincup is a Senior Advisor for Center for Strategic International Studies.  He recently retired as corporate Vice President at the Science Applications International Corporation.  Mr. Wincup has more than 30 years of experience in national security matters.  Seventeen years were spent in the Congress as Counsel to the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committee, and as Staff Director of the House Armed Services Committee and the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.   He has served as Chairman of the DoD Reserve Forces Policy Board.  He was appointed by the President of the United States as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1989 to 1992.  In 1992, he became Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition).  Mr. Wincup served on active duty in the US Air Force as a Judge Advocate and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois School of Law.


Federal Membership

There are five Federal Members of the Committee.  They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) N1, the Commandant, Training and Education Command of the Marine Corps; the Chief of Naval Research; the President of the Air University, and the Commandant of the Army War College.


Brigadier General Jay M. Bargeron

Brigadier General Jay M. Bargeron, USMC is President of Marine Corps University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1989 after graduating from the University of Florida.

His command tours include platoon and company level commands in 2d and 8th Marine Regiments, Commanding Officer of 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, Commanding Officer, 7th Marine Regiment, and Commanding Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command.

Brigadier General Bargeron’s operational deployments include Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Haitian Migrant Relief Operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Operation NEW HORIZONS in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

His Staff tours include assignments as a Ground Combat Analyst, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, 2d Marine Division Staff Secretary, I MEF G-3 Future Operations Planner, Regional Planner in the I MEF G-5, Executive Officer of Regimental Combat Team 5, 2d Marine Division Operations Officer, Current Operations Officer for the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Ground Officer Assignments Monitor at HQMC, M&RA., and Director, Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group, Twentynine Palms, CA.  His last assignment was as the Deputy Director of Operations J-3, U.S. European Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

Brigadier General Bargeron is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn Portrait Rear Admiral David J. Hahn, USN became the 26th Chief of Naval Research in November 2016.  He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University and has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in International Security Affairs.  Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Casimir Pulaski, USS William H. Bates, and USS Springfield, deploying to the North Atlantic and Western Pacific.  Ashore, he served as flag lieutenant to Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy; on Submarine Development Squadron 12; on Joint Staff in the Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Directorate; and as a, legislative fellow on the staff of U.S. Senator John Warner.   He commanded the USS Pittsburgh deploying to the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and conducted an Engineered Overhaul in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Since becoming an acquisition professional in 2007, he has served as Joint Test and Evaluation test director and program manager, Advanced Submarine Research and Development, and major program manager, Submarine Combat and Weapon Control Systems program.

Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker, USAF

Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker, USAF is Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He provides full-spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. He leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 residents and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, he is responsible for officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Lt. Gen. Hecker was commissioned in the Air Force in 1989 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was both a graduate and instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered Air Force levels. The general last served as Vice Director of Operations, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

Lt. Gen. Hecker is a command pilot with more than 3,500 hours flying various aircraft including the F-15C Eagle, F-22 Raptor, MQ-1B Predator, HH-60 Pave Hawk, C-208 Caravan and the T-38C Talon. He has flown combat missions in operations Southern Watch, Allied Force, Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel.

Major General John S. Kem Major General John S. Kem, USA is the 51st Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. MG Kem earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (Kellogg Business School) from Northwestern University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Most recently, MG Kem served as the first Provost of the Army University and Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Previous command assignments include the Commanding General United States Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division in Portland, OR; the Europe District, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Germany, and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Company A, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Previous assignments include serving as Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison, Washington; Director, Coalition-Joint Engineering Directorate, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan; Executive Officer to the Director Joint Improved Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Washington; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Washington; Congressional Fellow, Washington; Operations Officer, 10th Engineer Battalion and Operations Officer, 3rd Engineer Brigade, Fort Stewart, GA; and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, USMA.

Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN assumed duties as the Navy’s 59th Chief of Naval Personnel May 24, 2019.  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 leads more than 26,000 dedicated professionals engaged in the recruiting, talent management, training and development of Navy personnel. is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Weapons Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.  His operational tours have spanned the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to include forward deployed naval forces in Europe and the Western Pacific. His staff assignments included tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86), and executive assistant to the Director of Theater Air Warfare (N865); chief of the Theater Air and Missile Defense Branch (J-38); head of the Washington Placement Branch (PERS-441), executive assistant to the Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Naval Personnel Development Command, and director, Surface Warfare Distribution Division (PERS-41).  Nowell also served as director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office in Washington D.C.  As a flag officer, Nowell has served as chief of staff and director, Strategy, Resources, and Plans (N5/8) on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/Task Force 76 in Okinawa, Japan, and most recently as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13).