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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. Donald R. Dixon Mr. Donald R. Dixon is Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Trident Capital, Inc, now ForgePoint Capital. Mr. Dixon’s specialty is cybersecurity software and services. He serves on the Board of several private and public cybersecurity companies. He is a member of the Board of Business Executives for National Security and serves on its Cyber and Tech Council. He is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. Mr. Dixon earned a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Dixon served on active duty as a Lieutenant (USNR) during the Vietnam War, primarily in the engineering department of destroyers.

Dr. Elisabeth Pate-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.

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.


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. 

Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton Lieutenant General Anthony J. Cotton, USAF is Commander and President of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base providing full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through PME, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. Lt Gen Cotton leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating 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. Prior to his assignment, Lt Gen Cotton served as the Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. He has served as Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office; Commander of 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick AFB; and was Deputy Director, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group; Director, Preparation and Planning; and Senior Military Assistant to the UnderSecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Lt Gen Cotton holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science, in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

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

Major General John S. Kem Major General John S. Kem, USA 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.