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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 Committee.  They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) N1, the Commandant, Training and Education Command of the Marine Corps; the Chief of Naval Research; the President of the Air University, and the Commandant of the Army War College.


Major General John S. Kem Major General John S. Kem is the 51st Commandant of the U.S. Army War College. MG Kem earned a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (Kellogg Business School) from Northwestern University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Most recently, MG Kem served as the first Provost of the Army University and Deputy Commandant of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Previous command assignments include the Commanding General United States Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division in Portland, OR; the Europe District, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Germany, and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Company A, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. Previous assignments include serving as Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison, Washington; Director, Coalition-Joint Engineering Directorate, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan; Executive Officer to the Director Joint Improved Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Washington; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Washington; Congressional Fellow, Washington; Operations Officer, 10th Engineer Battalion and Operations Officer, 3rd Engineer Brigade, Fort Stewart, GA; and Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, USMA.

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 William J. Bowers Brigadier General William J. Bowers 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.