Board of Advisors
adm Bill Moran
United States Navy (RET)
Admiral Bill Moran is a retired four-star officer with over thirty-eight years of service and experience. He began his career as a Naval Aviator and rose to hold command leadership positions at every level of the Navy, including Director of Air Warfare (2010 - 2013), Chief of Naval Personnel (2013 – 2016), and finishing as the Navy’s Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Since retirement from the Navy, Admiral Moran serves on not-for-profit organizations including the US Naval Institute and Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola. He is a fellow at Duke University’s Coach K Center of Leadership and Ethics (COLE). He is also the founder and president of WFM Advisors, LLC where he advises several start-ups and larger companies where his interests, experience and the nation’s security needs intersect.
Admiral Moran holds a Bachelor of Science degree from USNA and a Master of Science degree in National Security Studies from the National War College.
Gen Craig R. McKinley
United States Air Force (RET)
Gen. Craig R. McKinley is currently the Chairman of the ANSER Board of Directors. He was appointed National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on July 1, 2017. He retired as President and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on June 30, 2017. McKinley came to NDIA from the Air Force Association (AFA), where he had served as President since October 1, 2012.
After 38 years in the Air Force, McKinley retired as a four-star general in November 2012. His last assignment was as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he was a military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council and was the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and to State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.
McKinley received his commission in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southern Methodist University. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at group, wing, sector, and field operating agency levels. His assignments include Commander, 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command; and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He has served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Director, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. McKinley is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, primarily in the T-38, F-106, F-16, and F-15. Additionally, he has been pilot in command in the C-131 and C-130 operational support airlift aircraft.
Among his military decorations are the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Air Force Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters; and National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star.
McKinley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1974 and received his master’s degree in management and economics from Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1979. He completed studies at the National War College, National Defense University, in 1995. McKinley and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Arlington, Virginia.
vadm Richard A. Brown
United States Navy (RET)
Vice Admiral Rich Brown is a senior defense operations leader with more than 35 years of experience leading transformation throughout the Navy. He ensured continuity of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic; led significant transformation in technical, training, and operations programs throughout his career; and designed, initiated, tracked, oversaw, and implemented the most comprehensive culture change ever achieved in the Navy. VADM Brown led the digital transformation and technical refresh of the Navy’s personnel system, completely revamped the surface warfare officer career path, brought surface warfare training into the 21st century, and created programs and policies that professionalized the surface warfare community. He has extensive expertise in operations, crisis management, risk management, leadership development, organizational design, organizational change management, information technology, digital transformation, and national security and decision-making.
VADM Brown was appointed Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet following the tragic destroyer collisions and loss of 17 sailors in 2017 in the Pacific. He was hand-selected to fix a deteriorating institution. He revamped the career and training continuum of over 6,500 Surface Warfare Officers, revitalized training regimens of the 162 surface ships and changed the culture of the Surface Force of over 55,000 sailors to a Culture of Excellence. He led a staff of 475 in the manning, training and equipping of the United States Navy’s Surface Ship Fleet, influencing a $40 billion annual enterprise-wide budget, and directly executing a $3 billion annual Naval Surface Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet budget. He directed detailed succession planning for Surface Warfare senior and flag officers, ensuring the right leader was available at the right time.
VADM Brown held seven command tours throughout his career to include the award-winning crews of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Naval Service Training Command, Carrier Strike Group Eleven/NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Navy Personnel, and Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet. Brown also served as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), the Honorable Juan M. Garcia, III.
VADM Brown currently serves as a Senior Advisor on the Board of Advisors for Scopa Industries Corp LLC, a Defense Company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exclusively privately owned and operated by Ajlan Brothers and Holding Company; on the Board of Advisors for Jacksonville JetPort, the premier FBO and gateway to Northeast Florida at Cecil Spaceport, the largest airport serving all military, corporate and private flying needs; on the Board of Advisors for Sequoia Holdings, LLC, a premier provider of cloud migration, application development, and software engineering services; as a Principal at Deepwater Point, a management consulting firm in civilian, defense, IC and health and life sciences; and as a Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Electric Authority.
VADM Brown earned his BS in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy, his MS in operations research from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and his MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He has received numerous personal awards, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (six awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards) and Navy Achievement Medals (two awards).
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