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Flag Officer Advisory Council

The Arizona State University Flag Officer Advisory Council, created in 2014, provides advice and perspective to President Michael M. Crow, Faculty, Staff and Students on matters of national significance. Council members include retired military generals and admirals from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. These distinguished leaders have served at the highest levels of government, both at home and abroad, to combat terrorism, respond to national disasters, and defend the homeland. They have developed strategy, led diverse organizations, and worked with national and international counterparts to address the nation’s most complex and critical problems.

Their vast areas of expertise include complex decision making, strategic planning, business development, operational management, communications, health policy, disaster and crisis management, supply chain, leadership and character development, ROTC and student mentorship, veteran legal advice, and serving as subject matter expert lecturers.

For inquiries about the ASU Flag Officer Advisory Council, please contact Kathy Cook, Director of Military and Strategic Initiatives: email kathy.cook@asu.edu  |  phone 480-965-6542.

Council Members

Tom Atkin

Tom Atkin

Rear Admiral (Upper Half), U.S. Coast Guard, Retired

Admiral Atkin is Founder and Managing Principal of The Atkin Group, a firm that provides strategic and operational advice to senior government and corporate executives. Drawing from his military and business leadership experiences as well as his time as a football coach and professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Tom mentors, coaches and conducts leadership development training for individuals, teams and organizations.

Prior to founding The Atkin Group, Tom served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security. He was responsible for Department of Defense (DoD) strategy and policy on cyber, countering weapons of mass destruction, space, homeland defense, domestic antiterrorism, global force protection, continuity of government, mission assurance, critical infrastructure, defense support to civil authorities, border security support, and technology/equipment transfers to domestic agencies. He also served as the DoD Domestic Crisis Manager, DoD Principal Cyber Advisor, and Executive Director of the Council of Governors.

Before serving in the Defense Department, Tom Atkin was a Director for Raytheon U.S. Business Development for Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was responsible for linking technological, engineering and service solutions to maritime, border, public safety and other security-related requirements in the domestic and international market.

Tom retired from the Coast Guard as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in June 2012 after more than 30 years of service in various operational and strategic roles. He has significant government experience, serving in roles at the White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Navy.

His senior leadership positions include: Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Transborder Security on the National Security Council; Commander of the Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group; and Chief of Staff to the DHS Principal Federal Official for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His Pentagon assignments were Chief, Maritime Homeland Security and Defense Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Chief, Counter-Terrorism Branch, Chief of Naval Operations (Deep Blue).

Tom Atkin is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences and holds a Master of Science in Management Science from the University of Miami.

Donna Barbisch, D.H.A.
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Donna Barbisch, D.H.A.

Major General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Barbisch serves as the founder and CEO of Wicked Solutions, LLC.  In addition, she is the Lead Strategist for the Senior Leader Crisis Decision Making effort at the Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida, the Senior Policy Advisor for the Center for Disaster Medical Science at University of California, Irvine and Distinguished Fellow at George Mason Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. Prior to that, she was President of Global Deterrence Alternatives and Director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Program Integration for the U.S. Department of Defense. She retired from the U.S. Army after more than 38 years of military service.

Her last three assignments with the U.S. Army include: Director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Program Integration; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and, Deputy Commander, 3d Medical Command.

General Barbisch serves on numerous boards that focus on disaster readiness, quality of life and veteran issues. She is an alumnus of California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master in Public Health; and, Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate in Health Administration.

Randy Castro
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Randy Castro

Major General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Castro is President of Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation, the company’s federal business. Prior to this position, he was Corporate Senior Vice President for National Governments, AECOM where he managed all Federal Programs: DOD, Federal Civilian, Practice and Regional leads in AECOM’s Design and Consulting Business unit. He was responsible for all business development in the Federal market and led a nationwide team that leveraged federal business opportunities into the business lines which resulted in over $1 Billion in business annually.  In addition, he was President of AECOM Services Inc. Before joining AECOM, General Castro was Senior Vice President for Product Development at Science and Engineering Services.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army as a Major General, he served as the deputy director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, VA.  As an engineer officer, at the tactical level supporting Army Divisions, he commanded at the Company (Co A, 78th Engineers in Germany), Battalion (16th Engineers in Germany) and the Brigade (4th Engineer Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, TX) level. 

General Castro served as Commanding General in two U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Divisions.  The Pacific Ocean Division in Fort Shafter, Hawaii, responsible for the $2B Army and Air Force military construction program in the Pacific Region including Alaska, Hawaii, Korea and Japan.  He also commanded the South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, GA responsible for $3B military construction program in the Southeast U.S. and South America and also for Civil Works in the region.  He also served as the Commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School and as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. and obtained his Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA and a Masters in National Security from the Naval War College, Newport, RI. 

Robert Dail
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Robert Dail

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Dail retired in November 2008 after serving 33 years in the United States Army.  At retirement, he was the senior military logistics professional in the Department of Defense.

General Dail’s last tour on active duty was as the 15th Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  General Dail assumed this position in August 2006. DLA, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, provides the full range of logistics, acquisition, and technical services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies.  Prior to his duties at DLA, General Dail served as Deputy Commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  USTRANSCOM is a Unified Command, executing the nation's global defense transportation system with components from the Army, Navy and Air Force.  General Dail was the first flag officer in DOD to serve as both Deputy Commander of USTRANSCOM and Director of DLA.       

During his military career, General Dail commanded and led logistics and transportation units from the platoon to national level across the full range of Army combat and Joint operational capabilities.  He is a combat veteran with extensive experience in national level logistics.

In March 2009, he joined Supreme Group, Inc, a global logistics services company with its headquarters in The Netherlands, as President, Supreme Group USA, Reston, Virginia.  He served in this capacity from 2009-2013.  In January 2013, Supreme Group promoted General Dail with global responsibilities as its Chief Commercial Officer.  General Dail departed Supreme in June 2014 and presently consults on a wide range of Government business, logistics, education, leader development, and supply chain related activities.

In addition to his consulting activities, General Dail serves as the Chairman of the Board for iDirect Government, Inc, Herndon, Virginia.  He also serves as a member of the following Boards of Directors:  LMI Government Consulting, McLean, Virginia; ADS, Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia; and National Technology Associates, Arlington, Virginia. 

General Dail also serves on the Flag Officer Advisory Council, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and the Board of Directors for the Institute for Defense Business, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He served as Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Logistics Executive Committee from August 2015 - 2017.  He is a member of both, the US Army Transportation Corps and the Defense Logistics Agency, Halls of Fame.

Mark Dillon
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Mark Dillon

Major General, U.S. Air Force, Retired

General Dillon serves as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning and leadership development and is President of Mark C Dillon LLC. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2017 after 34 years of active military service.

His most recent assignments with the U.S. Air Force include: Vice Commander and Deputy Theater Joint Force Air Component Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu Hawaii; Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command and US Forces Korea, South Korea; Director of Regional Affairs, Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, Pentagon, and Commander, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Germany.  Plus his background includes extensive joint, interagency, and international operational experience across Asia and Europe.

General Dillon is an alumnus of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He has a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy from Air University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Vern “Rusty” Findley
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Vern “Rusty” Findley

Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, Retired

General Findley serves as an independent consultant specializing in the defense industry and is President of VMFindley Consulting LLC. He consults with various clients mainly centered in the defense and aerospace arena. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 35 years of active military service.

His last three assignments with the U.S. Air Force include: Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command; Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5) for Headquarters, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL; and, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy Plans and Assessment for Multi-National Force-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq. His background includes extensive experience working with joint service peers, U.S. government interagency leaders, and senior military and governmental leaders of our partner nations throughout the Asian, European and Middle Eastern global environments.

General Findley is the Vice Chairman of the Board for an AZ non-profit focused on veteran employment and education. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks with a Master’s of Science in Business Administration; and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. with a Master’s of Science in National Security Resource Strategy. In 2001, he completed the National Security Leadership Course at Johns Hopkins University and Syracuse University.

Benjamin Freakley
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Benjamin Freakley

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Freakley serves as a Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership Initiatives. Additionally, he serves at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and is the Executive Director of the ASU Decision Theater Network. He retired from the U.S. Army after more than 36 years of active military service.

His last three assignments with the U.S. Army include: Commanding General, U.S. Army Accessions Command; Commanding General of the U.S. Army’s largest training institute, the Infantry Center and School at Fort Benning, Georgia; and, Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light) and Fort Drum; he led the division in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

General Freakley serves on numerous boards focused on providing support to our veterans. He is an alumnus of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; School of Advanced Military Studies with a Master of Military Operational Art and Science/Studies; and the U.S. Army War College.

John Goodman
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John Goodman

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

General Goodman serves as Senior Advisor to U.S. Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the U.S. Lead Oversight Agency. He advises and assists SIGAR to promote effectiveness and efficiency in the U.S.-funded reconstruction program in Afghanistan. Previously, he was the Director of the DOD Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (COE) responsible for educating, training and preparing U.S. military and international governments in disaster preparedness and response. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps following 42 years of active and reserve military service.

His last three assignments with the U.S. Marine Corps include: Commanding General U.S. Marine Forces Pacific and Korea; Commanding General, Marine Forces Korea and Assistant Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea; and, Commanding General, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa. General Goodman led or participated in more than ten international disaster response and humanitarian support operations and participated in combat operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan.

General Goodman serves on numerous advisory boards focused on leadership development, ethical decision-making, and strategic/operational planning. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.

Henry Huntley

Henry Huntley

Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Huntley serves as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.  He retired as the Director of Human Resources Policy Directorate, Army G1 in the Pentagon.  He served two years as the Deputy Commanding General to US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY and prior to that in a variety of operational and staff assignments in the United States, Iraq, and Germany.

His professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Bradley Commander's Course, CAS3, Cadet Command Instructor Course, Defense Information School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Public Affairs Advanced Course and Joint Professional Military Education Phase II (JCWS), Pentagon Staff Officer Course, and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY, a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

T. Joseph Lopez

T. Joseph Lopez

Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired

Admiral Lopez, after thirty nine years of active military service, retired from the U.S. Navy in January 1999.  His last major assignments were:   simultaneously (1996-98) the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe/Commander of U.S. and Allied Bosnia Peace Keeping Forces in Sarajevo, Bosnia; (1993-96) Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments; (1992-93) Commander of the  U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet; and (1990-92) Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Admiral Lopez is one of just two flag officers in the history of the U.S. Navy who achieved four-star rank after direct commission from enlisted service.

Admiral Lopez after retirement directed three companies and served on numerous boards for public and private institutions. He is an alumnus of Potomac State College, West Virginia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art (cum laude) in International Relations and a Master’s of Science in Management. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from West Virginia Institute of Technology and an Honorary Degree in Information Technology from Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

Admiral Lopez served as CEO of Technology and Supply Management, LLC (TaSM) in Fairfax, VA from 2011 to 2017. He was formerly President of Information Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) in Vienna, VA from 2004 to 2008 and earlier the Chief Operating Officer of Brown and Root Services with offices in Arlington, VA; London, UK; and Canberra, Australia from 1999 until 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Youth Science Foundation and the Lung Cancer Alliance. Some of his previous Boards include the Board of Trustees of the Center for Naval Analyses, the Board of Directors of Armed Forces Benefit Association and the Board of Governors of West Virginia University.

Richard “Gregg” Maxon, J.D.
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Richard “Gregg” Maxon, J.D.

Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Retired

General Maxon served as a Judge on the Arizona Court of Military Appeals and currently serves as Judge Pro Tem in the East Valley Veterans Treatment Court (Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Carefree/Cave Creek and Fountain Hills). He served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services from March 2007 to July 2008. He is an attorney with over 35 years of public service at the federal, state, county and municipal levels. He represents veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as the Veterans Treatment Court Advisor to the Arizona Supreme Court. He retired from nearly 35 years of military service having served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Army National Guard. He is a 2011 inductee into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.

His last three assignments with the U.S. Army include: Assistant Adjutant General, Arizona Army National Guard, Deputy Chief of Staff for personnel, and as a Judge Advocate.

General Maxon serves on several boards that focus on veteran issues, including the U.S. Vets Advisory Board and the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society Foundation. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate.

Linda Medler
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Linda Medler

Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Retired

General Medler is Founder, President and CEO of L A Medler & Associates, LLC.  Established in 2014, her company provides cyber strategy and operational consulting services to commercial clients, including for-profit and non-profit boards, numerous Department of Defense customers, and academic institutions.

Additionally, she served as the chief information security officer and Director of IT Security at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) until December, 2017. She originally joined Raytheon in June, 2015 as the director of cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line. 

General Medler began her military career as an enlisted Marine.  In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for United States Cyber Command.  Over her 27 year Air Force career, she commanded at the squadron, group and wing level. 

General Medler is a member of the Board of Directors for PNC Financial Services, Inc. and PNC Bank-National Association, and is a member of the Board of TransAmerica Insurance (AEGON Americas).  Additionally, she sits on the National Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, a national philanthropic organization assisting active duty service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families.  She is one of two industry representatives on the Arizona Governor’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT), and is a member of the board of the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board for Arizona State University ASURE,  and is a member of the University of Arizona Eller College of Management National Board of Advisors. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Magna Cum Laude. She has a master in business administration with a management information systems concentration from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

John “Fozzie” Miller

John “Fozzie” Miller

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired

Vice Admiral Miller serves as the President and CEO of The Fozzie Miller Group, LLC and as a Principal Partner of Global Alliance Advisors, LLC, both Washington DC based national security firms positioned at the intersection of government policy, defense acquisition programs, and industrial performance. The firms team with US and international clients to deliver solutions that blend national security strategies and industrial growth into achievable national security objectives.

Miller also serves as a Highly Qualified Expert and Senior Mentor to the U.S. Naval War College, providing advice and expertise to the U.S. Navy on a wide range of operational and educational subjects.

His last three assignments in the Navy were as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander U.S. Fifth Fleet/Commander/ Combined Maritime Forces; Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven.

Miller also serves as an Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as an active member of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Carol Mutter
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Carol Mutter

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

General Mutter served for over 31 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. As the first woman in the Marines to be promoted to both major general and lieutenant general, her military career has made history. After she graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in mathematics education, she was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In the early 1990s as a brigadier general, she was the first woman of general/flag rank to command a major deployable tactical command, the 3rd Force Service Support Group (now Marine Logistics Group) in Okinawa, Japan. In 1994 she became the first woman major general in the Corps and the senior woman on active duty in the Armed Forces. She went on in 1996 to become the first woman in any of the services to be nominated by the President of the United States for three stars. At that time she was the only woman among 107 male three-star military officers in the nation. Since transitioning to civilian life in 1999, Mutter has continued to work for Veterans and serve as a role model. She led the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and was the president of the Women Marines Association. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

General Mutter has 13-years of experience in military research, development and acquisition, as well as significant experience in financial management, logistics, personnel administration, and equal opportunity work. General Mutter serves or has served on the American Battle Monuments Commission, the National Advisory Council of The Alliance for National Defense, on the Advisory Board of the Indiana Council on World Affairs, and on the Indiana State War Memorials Commission.

General Mutter has considerable private sector experience as well, having served as consultant for IBM (NYSE:IBM), Raytheon Co. (NYSE:RTN), and Revision Eyewear. She earned two masters degrees, from Salve Regina University and from the Naval War College, and has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees as well.

Ann Rondeau, Ed.D.

Ann Rondeau, Ed.D.

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired

Retired Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau was appointed as President, Naval Postgraduate School on January 29, 2019. She brings to the assignment an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement within the military and academia in the areas of education, training, research, executive development, change management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Admiral Rondeau served as the sixth president of the College of DuPage. Her most recent military position was as the President of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington, D.C.

Rondeau has extensive leadership experience in significant military and educational roles. In 1985, she was selected and served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan Administration and went on to serve as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command in Illinois, Pentagon Director/Chief of Staff for the U.S. Navy Staff, Commander of the Navy Personnel Development Command in Virginia, Commander of the Naval Service Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., Pacific Fleet Staff Chief of Staff in Hawaii, Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity in Tennessee and other staff and commanding responsibilities with policy, support and student service. Rondeau retired from the U.S. Navy as a three-star admiral in 2012 and was the second woman to have achieved that rank in the Navy. She then served as a partner and later an independent consultant with the IBM Watson group.

Rondeau holds a B.A. from Eisenhower College (NY), an M.A. from Georgetown University (DC) and an Ed.D. from the College of Education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She also holds an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Chicago, IL).

She is a proud member of the Arizona State University Flag Officer Advisory Council, the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation Board of Directors, the Military Advisory Board (under the aegis of Center for Naval Analysis), the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation Board, Choose DuPage Board of Directors, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Additionally, Dr. Rondeau serves on the Executive Board of the U.S. Navy “Education for Seapower Study” —a clean-sheet review of naval learning.

 

Robert Schmidle Jr., Ph.D. (DLS)
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Robert Schmidle Jr., Ph.D. (DLS)

Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps

General Schmidle is the University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Schmidle is also a Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow in the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University.

While on active duty he served as the first Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command, responsible for standing up the command while concurrently executing full spectrum cyber operations. Subsequently he was the head of Marine Aviation and his final assignment on active duty was as the Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Schmidle has extensive operational flying experience, amassing nearly 4,700 hours in tactical fighters, participating in combat operations in Iraqi and Bosnia. He commanded an F-18 squadron, VMFA-251 in combat and aboard USS America as part of Carrier Air Wing One. He was also selected for an extraordinary second operational command of another F-18 squadron, VMFA-115.

As a Colonel he commanded the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (Experimental), planning and executing the Marine Corps Warfighting Experiments. As a Brigadier General he was the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Quadrennial Defense Review Team and the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition Joint Staff J-8.

As a Major General he commanded the First Marine Aircraft Wing, which included all Marine Corps aviation in the Pacific Theater. He also led the Marine Corps Quadrennial Defense Review Team.

General Schmidle holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master’s degree from American University and earned his doctorate from Georgetown University. His thesis, recognized with distinction, was titled “The Power of Context in Shaping Moral Choices.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Defense Science Board. His numerous publications are in the fields of moral philosophy, social psychology and military history.

Sandra Stosz

Sandra Stosz

Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired

Admiral Stosz serves as Chair of the Coast Guard Academy Sailing Council, and is President of Sandra L. Stosz, LLC, focused on leadership and leader development. She is an experienced senior leader who has served and operated in the military, maritime, homeland security, transportation and academic sectors.  Her expertise includes leadership development, strategic vision and planning, change management, building strategic partnerships, training and education, and leading and managing complex organizations.

Admiral Stosz completed her 36-year military career as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support at U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  In that position she led the 17,000-person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the Coast Guard to efficiently and effectively perform its operational missions.  She was responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology, training and education and security. 

As a senior leader, Admiral Stosz shaped every component of the Coast Guard workforce.  She served as Superintendent of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where she was responsible for developing and educating a corps of 1,000 cadets to serve as officers and leaders of character in the Coast Guard.  She also led the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey where she was responsible for developing the Service’s enlisted workforce.  In addition, she served as Director of Reserve and Leadership at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D. C. where she was responsible for developing policies to recruit, train and support approximately 8,100 Coast Guard Reservists.

Admiral Stosz spent 12 years at sea, including command of two cutters – an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and a medium endurance cutter that patrolled off the coast of New York City keeping the nation safe and secure following the attacks of 9/11.  She and her crews executed many of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions including drug, migrant and fisheries law enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking and ports and waterways security.

Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government.  She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College.  Additionally, she completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program and completed the Navy’s Executive Business Course at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school.

Admiral Stosz’s personal military awards include two Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, three Legion of Merit Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals.

Christopher Tomney

Christopher Tomney

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired

Rear Admiral Christopher Tomney retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in July 2018 after serving as the Director, Joint Interagency Task Force-South. He was called back to service by the Secretary of Homeland Security as a member of the Senior Executive Service to lead a strategic review of DHS's Office of Operations Coordination and assumed the duties of Director for Joint Interagency Task Force South in April of 2015. His previous flag assignments included Assistant Commandant, Intelligence and Criminal Investigations and Director for Joint Interagency Task Force West.

A practitioner of intelligence for over twenty years, Rear Admiral Tomney served in a variety of intelligence assignments involving training, operations, planning, and management. He served as the School Chief for the Coast Guard’s Operational Intelligence School, Deputy Director of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Intelligence Division and briefly served as the Deputy Director of the Coast Guard’s Counterintelligence Service. Upon establishment, he served as the first Director of Intelligence Operations for the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center, Pacific.  His national level intelligence experience includes serving as the Chief of the Coast Guard’s Intelligence Plans and Policy Office and as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. He also served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Intelligence Coordination Center. 

Beginning his career in afloat operations, Rear Admiral Tomney is a permanent cutterman and is qualified in tactical law enforcement. He commanded USCGC POINT MONROE out of Freeport, Texas and USCGC OCRACOKE out of Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. He served as a Deck Watch Officer in USCGC DILIGENCE and as Executive Officer in USCGC CONFIDENCE both homeported in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Additionally, he commanded Law Enforcement Detachment Two out of Key West, Florida.

Rear Admiral Tomney graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. He earned a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and completed a federal executive fellowship at the Brookings Institution, earning the Brookings Certificate in Public Leadership.