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NPS Subcommittee Members

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 Overarching 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. Walter Anderson Mr. Walter Anderson is an author and playwright, and co-founder of Novium Learning, an educational services company. He worked for 32 years at Parade Publications where he held the positions of Chairman and CEO, and Editor-in-Chief. Prior to joining PARADE, Anderson held several senior newspaper management positions with Gannett Publications in Westchester, New York. He also was an investigative reporter whose articles appeared in New York Magazine and the Associated Press. He has written five books including the bestsellers “Meant To Be," a memoir, and “The Confidence Course.” His latest play, “Almost Home,” was produced in 2014 at the Acorn Theatre in New York City by The Directors Company. His filmed series, “It’s About Time,” is permanently available at the Library of Congress. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. He was appointed by President Clinton in 1995 to serve for a four-year period as a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. He has also served as a board member of the National Center for Family Literacy, Very Special Arts, and PBS. He has been an adjunct professor or visiting lecturer at several colleges, including the University of the Pacific, Clemson University, and the New School for Social Research in New York. After his discharge from the United States Marine Corps, he received an AA in liberal arts and social science from Westchester Community College and earned a BS in Psychology from Mercy College in Westchester, New York.

Dr. Robert Fossum Dr. Robert Fossum. Dr. Fossum recently retired as a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.   His responsibilities included Research communication satellite systems and medical instrumentation.    Past assignments include Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Dean of Research, Naval Postgraduate School; and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Southern Methodist University.   Oregon State University awarded its Distinguished Service Award in June 2011 to Dr. Fossum whose work in private industry and for the Department of Defense were crucial to the development of improved national security for the United States.  Dr. Fossum served for over thirteen years as a US Naval Reserve Officer.  He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Oregon State University.

Vice Admiral David E. Frost Vice Admiral David E. Frost, USN (Ret) is President of Frost & Associates, a private consulting firm specializing in the fields of missile defense, space systems, C4ISR systems, and military operational concepts.  Admiral Frost retired after 33 years of active service in the US Navy.  His final active duty assignments include Deputy Commander, US Space Command and Vice Commander, NORAD.  In earlier tours he served as the Director of Operations and U.S. European Command; Commander of Carrier Group Eight; Commander of Naval Space Command; Captain of the aircraft carrier Saratoga; Commanded two fighter squadrons; and Commander of Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun).  Admiral Frost is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and completed the Harvard program for Senior Executives in National and International Security and the Harvard Defense Policy Seminar.

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret) is an Independent Consultant advising on energy, water, climate, and national security.  Formerly, he was President of the Institute for Public Research at CNA Corporation.  IPR meets the research and analysis needs of those who address domestic policy issues in the areas of air traffic management, education, health research and policy, organizational learning and effectiveness, safety and security, as well as other domestic issues.  Vice Admiral gun served in the US Navy for 35 years.  His last assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy.  Admiral Gunn has extensive experience in the areas of manpower, personnel, and training.  He was former Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, and Commander, Navy Personnel Command.  Immediately after retiring from active duty, Admiral Gunn was asked by the Chief of Naval Operations to lead the Executive Review of Navy Training.   He earned his Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. E. Jan Kehoe Dr. E. Jan Kehoe is President Emeritus of Long Beach City College where she led the college for ten years.  She is a retired faculty member at Walden University, Richard C. Riley College of Education and Leadership Ph.D. program; and a consultant for the College Brain Trust—a diverse group of experts who serve as advisors to Community, Private, and State Colleges and Universities.   She has done post-graduate work in Computer Science at American Technical University and in Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii.  She is past chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors and past chairman of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.  She was the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year, Southern California National Conference for Community and Justice whose mission is to fight bias, bigotry, and racism and to promote understanding and respect through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.  Dr. Kehoe earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Elisabeth Pate-Cornell Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and past Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.  Elisabeth’s specialty is engineering risk analysis with application to complex systems (space, medical).  Her research has focused on explicit consideration of human and organizational factors in the analysis of failure risks, and recently, on the use of game theory in risk analysis.  Applications in the last few years have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation problems.  She is a member of the NAE and of several boards (Aerospace, Draper, InQtel, etc.).  She was a member of the PFIAB until December 2008.  She holds an Engineer degree (Applied Math/CS) from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (France), and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems, both from Stanford University.

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 Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors Subcommittee.  They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1); Commander, Air University; Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and the Commandant, Army War College.


Major General William Rapp Major General William Rapp is the Commandant, Army War College.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1984 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA, a Masters of Arts in Political Science and a PhD in International Relations from Stanford University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, the Army War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security Policy, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He was the distinguished honor graduate of his Infantry Officer Advance Course, Ranger School class, Jumpmaster class, and the Strategist Program at CGSC. Major General Rapp is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.  
Following command, Major General Rapp was selected for the Council of Foreign Relations Fellowship at the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to the states in the summer of 2003 to attend the Army War College before proceeding to Fort Lewis to serve as the Chief of Plans (G3) for I Corps Headquarters. In June 2005, he assumed command of 555th Combat Engineer Group and deployed in support of the 101st Airborne Division for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  His most recent assignment was the National Support Element Commander and Deputy Commanding General for Support of US Forces, Afghanistan, responsible for performing National Command Element and National Support Element functions for all US Forces in Afghanistan. Major General Rapp’s most recent assignment was Chief, Army Legislative Liaison.

Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast is the Commander and President, Air University.  He provides full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting.  Lt. Gen. Kwast leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, granting more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel each year.  He is also responsible for officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Lt. Gen.  Kwast is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He earned a Master’s degree in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Rear Adm. David J. Hahn Portrait Rear Admiral David J. Hahn 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.

Vice Adm. Robert Burke Vice Adm. Robert Burke grew up in Portage, Michigan, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 58th chief of naval personnel, May 27, 2016. Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command and Naval Education and Training Command. 

Brigadier General Gorry Brigadier General Gorry, was raised in Connecticut and North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1984.   He was a collegiate wrestler for the Tarheels from 1980-1984 and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in May 2013.   Brigadier General Gorry also holds a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom.   Brigadier General Gorry assumed the position of President, Marine Corps University and Commanding General, Education Command in July 2016.   In July 2011 Colonel Gorry assumed command of Marine Corps Installations East and was promoted to his current rank of Brigadier General in August 2011.  In July 2013, BGen Gorry relinquished command and was appointed as the Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.