Our speaker bios for Connections 2016 are not yet prepared.  What appears below is the speaker list from Connections 2015, which will be replaced as we get closer to the conference.  Please have a look at the diverse range of speakers we are accustomed to having at Connections!

Dr. Rex Brynen, McGill University
Rex Brynen is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, and coeditor of the conflict simulation and serious games website PAXsims (http://www.paxsims.org). He is author, coauthor, or editor of eleven books on various aspects of politics, development, and security in the contemporary Middle East. In addition to his academic work, he has served as a member of the policy staff of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, an intelligence analyst for the Privy Council (cabinet) Office, and as a consultant to various governments, UN agencies, and the World Bank. His recently published game AFTERSHOCK: A Humanitarian Crisis Game is based on ideas from the 2012 Connections “game lab.”

Shawn_BurnsDr. Shawn Burns, US Naval War College
Dr. Shawn Burns is an Associate Research Professor in the War Gaming Department, responsible with colleagues to design, execute, and analyze war games. He taught in the in the National Security Decision Making department, and in the College of Distance Education’s web-based Joint Military Operations course. He also served as an operations analyst in the College of Operational And Strategic Leadership’s Assist and Assess Team.

Professor Burns has designed several war games including the N-81 Force Design Workshop, and Pacific Fleet’s Standardized Task Force Command and Control game. He served as game director for several games including the Multilateral War Game, Indo-Pacific War Game, Inter-American War Game, U.S. Fleet Forces’ Command & Control in Denied/Degraded Communications Environment War Game, and the 2014 JFMCC Course Practical Exercise. He additionally led war gaming teaching seminars during visits to fellow international military institutions in Azerbaijan, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Before joining the Naval War College, he served as a Marine lieutenant colonel helicopter pilot, completing overseas deployments with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units, and the Second Air/Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College program manager’s course, and was certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional.

He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Johnson & Wales University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (M.A. NSSS) from the U.S. Naval War College, and Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Salem State College.

Bush-Official-Photo_thumbDr. Rita Bush, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Dr. Rita Bush is concurrently serving as the Deputy Director and a Program Manager in the Office of Incisive Analysis at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  She previously served as the Division Chief of the Information Exploitation (InfoX) Research Division in the Disruptive Technology Office (DTO), where she oversaw an extensive research portfolio in a variety of topics of interest to the Intelligence Community, including natural language understanding, video exploitation, collaborative work environments, social network analysis, modeling and simulation, and information visualization.  Her current research interests include serious games, novel human-computer interaction technologies, and virtual worlds.  Prior to becoming a federal government employee, Dr. Bush was employed as a Program Manager at AT&T and at Telcordia Technologies.  She began her career as a researcher in Human Factors at Bell Labs.  She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology.

Mr. Matthew B. Caffrey Jr., Colonel, United States Air Force (ret.)
Mr. Matthew B. Caffrey Jr. is the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Liaison to Air Force Material Command (AFMC) for Wargaming.

His prior position was Lead, Future Warfare Analysis Team, Directorate of Plans and Programs, HQ AFRL.  He has previously served as the Professor of Wargaming and Campaign Planning at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Research Associate at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and Senior Analyst for the SYSCON Corporation, serving at the Air Force Wargaming Institute, all at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

A retired Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, his final assignment was as Senior Reservist, Information Directorate, AFRL. His previous military assignments include; Chief, Wargaming Strategy Development, with the Air Staff’s Checkmate Division, the Pentagon, Washington DC and assignments at the major air command, wing, group and squadron levels.

He is the developer of the 3rd Generation Wargame concept, the Strategy Cycle (sometimes called the Caffrey Loop) and the Caffrey Triangle. In 1993 he helped found the Connections interdisciplinary wargame conference and in 2013 helped found Connections UK. He created the ACSC Wargame Elective, the AFRL Wargame Course and the AFMC Wargame Course.

Matt is the designer of AFMC’s Agile Combat Support – Science and Technology Wargame, the AFMC/Royal Air Force Agile Combat Support – Science and Technology wargame, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Wargame, the Engineer/Strategist Exercise, Joint Resource Allocation Exercise (JRAX), the Joint Deployment Employment Exercise (JDEX), and several other wargames.

He co-authored the Gulf War Fact Book, and has written several chapters and many articles on wargaming, airpower, and defense issues. He has spoken on wargaming at the German War College, the United Kingdom’s Defense Research Establishment, and in the US from The Pentagon to Silicon Valley. A former member of the Air University Red Team, he has served on Blue, Red or White teams for Air Force, Navy and Army Title 10 Wargames.

Burton_CatledgeColonel Burton H. Catledge, Space Control Division for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Col. Burton H. Catledge is currently the Chief, Space Control Division for the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.  In this position, he advises senior department executives on Position, Navigation and Timing and cyber range acquisition programs.

Colonel Catledge is a 1995 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and was commissioned through the Colorado State University Reserve Officer Training Program.  Prior to his current assignment, he was a student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Resource Strategy.

He is married to the former Lisa Herrick of Greeley Colorado and enjoys dating her and spending time with his six wonderful children.

ColbyElbridge_WEB_HIGH_0Mr. Elbridge Colby, Center for a New American Security
Elbridge Colby is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he focuses on strategic, deterrence, nuclear weapons, conventional force, intelligence, and related issues.

In 2012, he served as the deputy head for national security personnel on the Mitt Romney pre-transition effort and also worked on several of the campaign’s security policy teams. From 2010 to 2013 he was a principal analyst and division lead for global strategic affairs at CNA. Before that, he served for over five years in the U.S. Government, including as policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense’s Representative for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, as an expert advisor to the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, as a staff member on the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding WMD, with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and with the State Department. Colby also serves or has served as a consultant to a variety of U.S. Government entities on a range of defense and intelligence matters. In 2014 he served as a staff member for the National Defense Panel.

Colby is a frequent commentator and author on defense and foreign policy issues. He has co-edited a volume on Strategic Stability: Contending Interpretations (2013), co-chaired a CSIS working group study on U.S.-China nuclear weapons issues entitled Nuclear Weapons and U.S.-China Relations: A Way Forward (2013), and has published book chapters in a number of edited collections. He also publishes regularly on defense and foreign policy issues in a variety of venues such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, and Orbis. He speaks frequently to government, expert, university, and broader public audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and is a regular participant in Track II discussions.

He is a recipient of the Exceptional Public Service Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and of the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and co-chairman of the Washington, D.C. Advisory Committee of the Hamilton Society, Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.

Dr. Jonathan Compton, Department of Defense Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
Dr. Jonathan Compton is a political scientist, specializing in formal modeling (including agent based, system of equations, and statistical) and international relations with specific expertise in violent non-state actors, deterrence and wargaming. He is currently employed with Booz Allen Hamilton at the Department of Defense’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office, and lives in the Washington DC area.

Stephen_Downes_MartinDr. Stephen Downes-Martin, US Naval War College
Dr. Stephen Downes-Martin is a Research Fellow at the Naval War College and an independent scholar researching wargaming (theory and practice), systems thinking, decision analysis and assessments methods, and research design in general. A research focus is on how to manipulate decision support, analysis and assessment methods to deceive decision makers, how decision makers misuse such methods to deceive themselves, how to detect such attempts and protect decision makers from them. He also provides for-fee consulting services in the above topics.

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in developing and applying wargaming, game theory, decision analysis, and systems thinking to tactical, operational and strategic military problems for a wide variety of government, military, aerospace, and commercial organizations in the US and abroad.

His education includes a PhD from London University, MA (with Distinction) from the US Naval War College (JPME Phase I), Master of Advanced Study (Mathematics) from Cambridge University, and industrial and academic courses in business management, science and technology, and liberal arts.  Stephen has published widely, and has been an invited speaker in the US, Europe and the former Soviet Union on business, international security and technology issues.  He was a reserve military intelligence officer in the British Army, and is now a US citizen.

In 2010 he was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for supporting I Marine Expeditionary Force/Regional Command South West in Helmand Afghanistan.

Mr. Adam Frost, J-8 Studies Analysis and Gaming Division
Mr. Adam Frost has had the honor of serving as a wargame analyst with the Joint Staff, J-8 Studies Analysis and Gaming Division since March 2011. In that capacity, he has contributed to the office’s 68-year history as a game director or facilitator for dozens of wargames, table-top exercises and decision support events ranging from the Field Grade to General Officer to Cabinet Secretary level. As part of the J8 SAGD team, Mr. Frost has the privilege to regularly execute Pol-Mil wargames for the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, Office of the Secretary of Defense, State Department, National Security Council, and other interagency partners.

unnamedDr. Marc Gacy, Alion Science and Technology
Dr. Marc Gacy is a Lead Systems Engineer at Alion Science and Technology in Boulder, CO with over 15 years of experience as a computer modeler and systems engineer. He earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Mayo Clinic and a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Gacy’s work at Alion includes design and testing of robotic control interfaces for the U.S. Army, and modeling of human computer interactions for NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force. Interfaces for the Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance and the Vetronics Technology Integration program, including control of unmanned air, ground and sensor systems were developed over the course of several years and included a comprehensive task analysis, design, testing, Soldier advocacy and live field testing. Dr. Gacy’s modeling projects include development and testing of a modeling environment for commercial aviation cockpits and the development of a real-time model of control of a simulated robot arm, designing refinements of both behavior and cognitive decision-making for the simulated human. Dr. Gacy has developed and analyzed models of multiple operators on Navy and Air Force systems to assess timing and workload issues.

Lieutenant Colonel Brent A. Kauffman, United States Army, United States Army War College
Lieutenant Colonel Brent A. Kauffman is an Army Strategist.  In his current position at the U.S. Army War College, he serves as a wargame strategist to develop and execute strategic-level wargames, and he teaches the Economics of National Security elective.  Brent earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and BS from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.  Previous assignments include Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Afghanistan; Department of Social Sciences, USMA; U.S. Forces Korea, Seoul; Joint Task Force North, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Directorate of Admissions, USMA.  His personal interests include hiking, traveling with wife and son, attending the Olympics.

Robert McCreightDr. Robert McCreight, George Mason University
After serving the United States government at the State Department and other federal agencies over a 35 year career, Dr. McCreight retired in 2004 and served as a consultant for major homeland security and national defense contractors.  His professional career includes work as an intelligence analyst, treaty negotiator, arms control delegate to the UN, counter-terrorism advisor,  political-military affairs analyst and Deputy Director of Global Scientific Exchanges at State Department.  During his service at State Department he was a senior Soviet military analyst with INR and specialized in the assessment of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs.  Later in his professional career he performed assignments where he either managed or coordinated international post-disaster relief and humanitarian operations, developed peacekeeping policy, promoted global science and technology cooperation projects and helped design treaty verification systems.

He also participated in the design and coordination of White House nuclear readiness command crisis exercises during the Reagan administration.  He has extensive experience in wargame design and strategic simulations.   During his federal career he designed, developed and coordinated well over 26 cabinet level strategic nuclear preparedness exercises, worked on Presidential Protection and Survivability Programs and  directed the operation of several dozen senior-level military exercises involving theoretical force-on-force scenarios between the United States and the Soviet Union.

He spent 27 years of combined active and reserve military service concurrently with his civilian work in U.S. Army Special Operations and has devoted 12 years to teaching graduate school as an adjunct at Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington Universities in subjects as diverse as disaster and emergency management, strategic intelligence, nonproliferation policy, homeland security policies, terrorism analysis, intelligence analysis and assessing WMD threats.  He completed his doctoral studies in 1989 and remains active in graduate education programs in emergency and crisis management. He has also written and published a textbook on emergency exercise design and over 15 articles on chemical weapons use, disaster management, disaster recovery, post-strike attribution, biological weapons threats to homeland security, WMD scenario development technology assessment and collegiate educational strategies for developing future crisis managers for government service.  His books on designing emergency exercises and Homeland Defense remain popular in colleges and university graduate programs.  He has also written extensively on neuroscience issues including neural weapons theory.

Ed_McGradyDr. Ed McGrady, Center for Naval Analyses
Dr. McGrady is currently a Research Team Leader at CNA where he directs a team devoted to research on games and how they can be used to enhance decision-making.   He develops games and conducts studies on a wide range of topics from force structure and planning to operational deployment of medical forces.  He is currently working on projects related to Naval logistics, future amphibious concepts, and gaming cyber operations.

Dr. McGrady has written and presented on the topic of games and their use in organizational and individual learning.  He has designed and run games for many different clients ranging from the White House to the Department of Agriculture.  He has also designed games that examine Naval issues surrounding command and control and force planning, as well as combined operations between United States and other nation’s forces during consequence management events.  Among his recent games have included one examining U.S. government decision-making on climate change, a game on medical casualty management in a chemical and biological environment, and games on operational concepts.

Prior to becoming a Research Team Leader, Dr. McGrady led analyses on the evolving role of Naval forces and mission areas.  These included a deployment with US Forces in Haiti, as well as projects examining the Navy’s role in such diverse areas as disaster response, Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, command ship operations, continental defense, and information operations.  He led analytical reconstructions of force protection and information operations for both Desert Fox and Desert Thunder, and deployed onboard USS Nimitz for Desert Storm and with E-2C squadrons for counter-narcotics operations.

Dr. McGrady holds a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He has published extensively in the Chemical Engineering, physics, and national security literature.

Zach MearsDr. Zachary “Zach” Mears, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Dr. Zachary Mears is Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Mears served at the White House as the Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff, where he advised the President and the National Security Advisor on national security priorities and helped oversee the executive branch processes to implement them. Before moving to the White House, he was a senior advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, where he provided strategic advisory support regarding the size and character of U.S. global defense posture.

Prior to entering government service, Dr. Mears was a senior analyst with Scitor Corporation and a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. At both institutions he supported a range of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers on U.S. global defense posture, defense acquisition and budget, nuclear, space, and missile defense matters. He was also an adjunct professor of U.S. defense policy at The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Dr. Mears holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee, and an M.A. (with distinction) and a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.

141113-D-PN951-001Major General Frederick M. Padilla, United States Marine Corps, National Defense University
Major General Padilla was born in April 1959 in Torrejon, Spain, to a career Air Force officer. He is a 1982 graduate of East Carolina University and was commissioned in 1983.

Major General Padilla’s assignments in the operating forces include Platoon Commander, Company Commander and Battalion Adjutant, 3d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment; Rifle and Weapons Company Commander, 3d Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment; Inspector-Instructor, Weapons Company, 2d Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment; G-3 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division; Commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines and Commanding General, 3d Marine Division.

Other assignments include Command Adjutant, Marine Aircraft Group-42, Detachment A, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing; Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment, USS CANOPUS (AS-34); Commanding Officer, School of Infantry-West; and Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. His joint assignments include Plans Officer, J3/5 and Secretary of the Joint Staff, Joint Task Force Six; and Branch Chief for the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (J8) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Major General Padilla’s first General Officer assignment was as the Commanding General Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina.

Major General Padilla was promoted to his present rank in July 2013 and before coming to NDU as 15th President was the Director of Operations with Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Major General Padilla is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and Naval War College. He has a B.A. in Geography and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Combat V and two gold stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star), and the Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star).

Peter_PerlaDr. Peter Perla III, Center for Naval Analyses
Dr. Peter P. Perla III has been involved with wargaming, both hobby and professional, for over forty years, an involvement that sparked a lifelong interest in military history and games of strategy. A frequent player of commercial wargames as a youngster, he had already published articles in the hobby press before he was an undergraduate. After earning a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University with his thesis on Lanchester mathematical combat models, he joined the Center for Naval Analyses in 1977 as a naval operations research analyst.

By the early 1980’s Dr. Perla had worked on several navy campaign studies, designed naval games, documented existing navy wargames, and led a study to define the principal uses of wargaming and to identify some of its fundamental principles. Over the next few years, he participated in a nearly a dozen classified major navy wargame, including the Global War Game. Since the first edition of his book, The Art of Wargaming, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1990, Dr. Perla has continued his work on Navy wargaming, and branched out into analysis and gaming for other U.S. government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, the intelligence community, and the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Dr. Perla is now regarded as one of the nations’s leading experts on wargaming and its use in defense research.

Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn, RAND Corporation
Dr. Stacie L. Pettyjohn is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation and codirector of the Center for Gaming. Her primary research areas include military posture, wargaming, internet freedom, American foreign policy in the Middle East, and terrorism studies. She is the author of the RAND monograph U.S. Global Defense Posture, 1783-2011 and the coauthor of several other reports, including The Posture Triangle: A New Framework for U.S. Air Force Global Presence, Overseas Basing of U.S. Military Forces: An Assessment of the Relative Costs and Strategic Benefits, and Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists. Her work has also been published in academic journals such as Security Studies and International Negotiation, and her commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Asia Times, and The Daily Star. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace, and a TAPIR fellow at the RAND Corporation. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history and political science from the Ohio State University.

Commander Phillip Pournelle, United States Navy
Commander Phillip Pournelle is a surface warfare office and an operations analyst.  He has served on Cruisers, Destroyers, Amphibious Ships, and a High Speed Vessel.  He has served on the Navy Staff at N-81, OSD Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, and currently at the Office of Net Assessment.  He has a Master’s Degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey.

Colonel PriceColonel John F. Price Jr., United States Air Force, 305th Air Mobility Wing
Col. John F. Price, Jr., is the commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst, N.J. As commander, he is responsible for the wing’s KC-10 Extender and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that provide global mobility support for national security objectives, combat operations, contingencies and humanitarian relief efforts worldwide through aerial refueling and airland capabilities. The 305th AMW is also responsible for two of Air Mobility Command’s busiest aerial ports and ensures uninterrupted flow of forces and material in support of ongoing global operations. He is also responsible for managing all air operations at McGuire Field and Maxfield Runway.

Colonel Price is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.  Colonel Price served as Commander of the Bully Beef Express, 6th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Commander, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and as Chief, Distribution Capabilities Branch, Logistics Directorate (J4), Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Prior to assuming his current assignment, he served as vice commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, Calif., where he assisted the commander in supporting services to 30 tenant units including United States Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, 18th Air Force, Air Force Network Integration Center, Defense Information Systems Agency and Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization.  Colonel Price is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours in the T-37, T-38, KC-135, C-17, and C-40 aircraft, including over 630 combat hours on over 150 combat missions in support of multiple operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Haiti.

Captain Robert C. “Barney” Rubel, United States Navy (ret.), US Naval War College
Captain Rubel, is retired and living in Monticello, Illinois.  From May, 2006 to August 2014 he was Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College.  Prior to assuming this position, he was Chairman of the Wargaming Department.  A thirty-year Navy veteran, he received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Illinois.  He subsequently became a light attack naval aviator, flying the A-7 Corsair II and later the F/A-18 Hornet.  He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 131 and also served as the Inspector General at U.S. Southern Command.

Captain Rubel’s shore assignments were principally involved with professional military education.  He is a graduate of the Spanish Naval War College in Madrid and the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.  He completed three separate faculty tours at the U.S. Naval War College as a joint military operations instructor and ultimately as the Deputy Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.  During these tours he served as the William F. Halsey Chair of Air Strike Warfare and later the Colin Powell Chair of Joint Warfare.  He gained extensive experience with service and joint education policy through his participation as an accreditation team member on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Process for the Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE) Team.  He also served as the special assistant for joint education to the Dean of Academics.  After retiring from the Navy, he became director of the Research and Analysis Division within the Naval War College’s Wargaming Department, and in 2004 became Chairman of the Department.  In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer at a number of international professional military education institutions, including the German Armed Forces Staff College, the Mexican Naval War College, the British Joint Services Staff College and the Colombian Senior War College.

In 2006 he was appointed interim Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.  Within a month the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mullen, ordered the College to help the Navy Staff create a new maritime strategy.  Professor Rubel designed and directed an eight month effort that provided the logic and concepts that produced and underpin the current US national maritime strategy “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.”  Subsequently given permanent appointment as Dean, Professor Rubel increased student advanced research and developed new lines of inquiry including strategic cyberspace, unmanned systems, naval logistics and command via challenged networks.  He has also published on a number of subjects related to naval operational warfighting and strategy.

Captain Rubel continues to serve as a member of the CNO Advisory Board and is active in local American Legion activities. Captain Rubel has an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College.

sanders-Ron-116x150Dr. Ronald Sanders, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Ronald Sanders is a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton. Joining the firm in 2010, he was named Booz Allen’s very first Fellow in 2011, in recognition of his stature as a preeminent expert in human capital and organizational transformation; Dr. Sanders also leads Booz Allen’s war gaming and exercise practice, one of the firm’s ‘signature’ service offerings. In those capacities, he is ideally positioned to help the firm’s most strategic clients deal with their most pressing strategic and organizational challenges, and his portfolio has included elements at all levels of the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Treasury, and Homeland Security, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Intelligence Community, the government of the United Arab Emirates, and a variety of national and international commercial clients.

Sanders joined Booz Allen after almost 39 years of Federal service, with 21 of those years as a senior executive. Over the course of his career, he served as the US Intelligence Community’s Associate Director of National Intelligence and the IC’s first Chief Human Capital Officer; the US Office of Personnel Management’s first Associate Director for Strategic Human Capital Policy; the US Internal Revenue Service’s Assistant Commissioner and first Chief Human Resources Officer; the US Department of Defense’s Director of Civilian Personnel and Equal Employment Opportunity and collaterally as the founding Director of the Defense Civilian Personnel Service; and as the US Department of the Air Force’s Deputy Director of Civilian Personnel. He has also served on the faculties of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the George Washington University and directed research centers for both institutions. He is currently a Senior Fellow and Professorial Lecturer for the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and also on the faculty of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Executive Education.

A finalist for the 2010 Service to America Career Achievement Medal, Dr. Sanders has received three Presidential Rank Awards (from three different agencies), two Theodore Roosevelt Awards for Distinguished Public Service from the US Office of Personnel Management; the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Civilian Service Medals from the Departments of Defense and the Department of the Navy; and an Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2006, his most recent book is Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Enterprise Leaders (Brookings Institution Press, 2013); he has also published numerous articles and monographs. Sanders also serves on the boards of directors of the National Intelligence University Foundation, The Public Manager journal, the American Society for Training and Development (from 2010-2013), and the Senior Executives Association (from 1990-2002).

Tim SmithMr. Tim Smith, Office of Naval Intelligence
Mr. Smith is an analytic methodologist with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), manager of the ONI’s Simulation-Based Analysis and Training (SimBAT) program, and a senior analyst in ONI Naval Warfare Department.  He commenced duty in the mid-1980s, as an OPINTEL watch officer tracking the activities of the then-Soviet Navy.  He transferred over to SPEAR, ONI’s air warfare team, serving as an integration analyst supporting Fleet and Marine air tactics, doctrine and training during the Gulf War and after, for which he was awarded a Meritorious Civilian Service Award.  Since the mid-1990s Mr. Smith has explored methodology for analytic modernization, and has been recognized for three Galileo Award-winning papers.  He received his master’s degree from the National Intelligence University in 2012.

Mr. Paul W. Vebber, Commander, United States Navy Reserve (ret.)
Paul is currently Assistant to the Director, Undersea Warfare for Concept Development and Experimentation, on the Headquarters staff of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Focusing on developing and using wargames as a tool for concept development and experimentation, he has been involved in wargame execution, design and development for customers ranging from Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and the Naval War College; to Commander, Seventh Fleet, United States Pacific Command, and the Department of Defense  Office of Net Assessment. He is the designer of the CNO Rapid Innovation Cell incubated “Fleet Battle School” naval wargame.

He is a retired Commander, USNR, with a Surface Warfare background in Mine Warfare and Anti-Submarine Warfare and has extensive operations analysis, training systems, and command and control of naval operations experience in both the government and private sectors. His publications include principal or contributing author of a wide range of concept documents including the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Command and Control TACMEMO, the Undersea Domain Operating Concept, and several volumes in the Mine Warfare portion of the Naval Warfare Library. The computer game company he co-founded (www.matrixgames.com) is currently one of the most prolific publishers of computer wargames in the world.

ward1Colonel Walter H. Ward Jr., United States Air Force, Air Education Training and Command LeMay Center Wargaming Institute
Colonel Walter H. Ward, Jr., (Howard) is the Director of Wargaming at the Headquarters Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Colonel Ward is responsible for advising, advocating and shaping the presentation and application of airpower in Air Force and Services joint and multinational exercises, experiments, and wargames. He provides operational and strategic level wargames to educate and train senior warfighters, commanders, and their staffs. In a typical year the directorate plans, develops, and conducts approximately 40 wargames and exercises for over 10,500 participants. The Wargaming Directorate uses computer servers, simulation models, programming tools and seminars to address how the military forces deploy, fight, and sustain combat.

Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Commander, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. He commanded six squadrons, consisting of 1,200 aviators, maintenance professionals and support personnel, and 28 C-130J aircraft engaged in worldwide combat aerial delivery operations.

Colonel Ward was born and raised in the small farm community of Bethel in southeastern North Carolina. He graduated from Williams Township High School and North Carolina State University with a degree in Agronomy. Colonel Ward also earned master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and Air University.

He is married to the former Gwen M. Orwig and they have three children.

Mr. Paul W. Works, Jr., US Army Training and Doctrine Command
Mr. Paul W. Works, Jr. is the Director, Analysis Development Group (ADG), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Center (TRAC), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (TRAC-FLVN).  Mr. Works is TRAC-FLVN’s senior leader responsible for maintaining and improving personnel technical capabilities; for researching new and promising methods, models, and tools (MMT); and for encouraging and recognizing innovation.  Mr. Works led the design and development team for TRAC’s Irregular Warfare Tactical Wargame (IW TWG); the Department of Defense’s only extant decision analysis capability to model both non-kinetic and kinetic impacts of tactical operations on populations and how population behaviors and the operational environment in turn impact operations.  Mr. Works has been an avid wargame hobbyist for many years.  He has participated in wargame and scenario design and development for numerous companies.  He acted as lead researcher and rules designer for the ASL-system, Korean War module submitted to MMP (currently in final playtest); his development team is now working on an ASL WWI series of modules.