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The Board of Advisors to the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College is a ten member federal advisory committee whose members are eminent authorities in the fields of academia, business, international relations, national defenses and security, the defense industry, and research and analysis.  The Board reports to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations.


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.



Ms. Sally Donnelly Ms. Sally Donnelly was the Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis until March, 2018. From 2013-2016 she ran her own consulting firm that focused on new technologies. From 2010 to 2012 was the Director of the Washington office of US CENTCOM and from 2007-2010 she was the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Donnelly was a journalist for 21 years and has a BA from Hollins College and a masters degree from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Gwen Hall Dr. Gwen Hall is Chief of Staff, Office of the President for American Public University System. Here she has previously served as Associate Provost of Academic Effectiveness and Student Success; the Academic Operations Officer, and as Dean, School of Security and Global Studies. Dr. Hall is a homeland security and national security professional with vast experience in strategy, strategic planning, development, and analysis. Dr. Hall is a recognized scholar with an extensive publication, report, and presentation on U.S. efforts to counter and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Hall is a retired Air Force officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Hall earned a Ph.D. and MPP degrees in National Security Policy Studies at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Maren Leed Dr. Maren Leed is a Senior Staff Professional at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she leads studies and analyses in support of Defense Department sponsors on technical architectures, organizational design, and intersection of military operations and technology. She has held positions with Chief of Naval Operations and with the Army Chief of Staff as a Senior Advisor. Dr. Leed was detailed to serve as Special Assistant to two Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommending actions on IEDs, ISR, cyberspace and cyber operations, biometrics, and Iraq policy. Dr. Leed has served as Professional Staff Member in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, conducting oversight and analysis of $100+billion operation and maintenance programs of the military. Dr. Leed earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Policy Analysis from RAND Graduate School and an A.B. in Political Science from Occidental College.

Dr. Susan Marquis Dr. Susan Marquis is the Dean and Distinguished Chair of Policy Analysis and Vice President of Innovation at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California—the nation’s largest public policy Ph.D. program.  Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Dr. Marquis served as Vice President, Corporate Office at LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm dedicated to improving public management.   Previously, she was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements and Assessments) and was selected by the CNO to serve as the first civilian Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, a three-star flag officer position.   She also served as the Director, Planning  Analytic Support and Director, Information Management & Analysis at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Dr. Marquis is the author of commentaries and book reviews including Unconventional Warfare:  Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces.  Her latest book, I am not a tractor!  How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won was published by Cornell University Press in December 2017.  Dr. Marquis serves on a number of professional associations, as well as volunteering in her community.  Dr. Marquis earned her Ph.D. and MA in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University and her undergraduate degree (highest honors) from Rutgers College.

Dr. Katherine McGrady Dr. Katherine McGrady is the President and CEO for the Center of Naval Analyses (CNA) responsible for the execution of CNA's strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high performance. Previous positions Dr. McGrady held are: Field Representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and to the Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force. She served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield/Desert Storm). She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia. Dr. McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. John Montgomery

Dr. John A. Montgomery retired as the Director of Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory—the Department of the Navy’s Corporate laboratory. During his career, Dr. Montgomery served on multiple international defense panels within NATO and within the Five-Eyes community and developed and managed a number of international development programs. He was the U.S. National Leader of the Technical Cooperation Program’s multinational Group on Electronic Warfare. Dr. Montgomery received his Ph.D. in Physics from Catholic University of America; and both his M.A. and B.A. from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in Physics.


Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

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



Federal Membership

There are two Federal Members of the Committee. They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) (N1), and the Commandant, Training and Education Command of the Marine Corps.


Brigadier General William J. Bowers Brigadier General William J. Bowers, USMC assumed the position of President of the Marine Corps University in the summer of 2017. He was commissioned in 1990 after graduating with distinction from Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in History. He has served in a variety of assignments including: the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; Marine Corps Recruit Depot; 7th Engineer Support Battalion; Commanding Officer Recruiting Station Lansing, Michigan; Naval Command and Staff College; III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan; Operational Planning Team Branch Head for G-3, Future Operations; Plans Team Leader for Multi-National Force Iraq; Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 in Beaufort, South Carolina; Strategy Concepts Branch Chief at Joint Staff, J-5 Directorate; commanded the 6th Marine Corps District at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; and from 2015-2017, he served as the Military Assistant to the 33rd and 34th Assistant Commandants of the Marine Corps. Brigadier General Bowers graduated from the U.S. Army's Engineer Officer Advanced Course; attended the School of Advanced Warfighting at Quantico, Virginia; and was a student to the National War College in Washington, D.C. He was named “Combat Engineer Officer of the Year” in 1998 and has received several writing awards.

Vice Adm. Robert Burke Vice Adm. Robert Burke, USN 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.