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Welcome to the Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture series!

Guest speakers are an integral part of the student-learning experience at the Naval Postgraduate School. The Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) series exposes students to prominent speakers, recognized as distinguished leaders in their fields of expertise.

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Bob Stevens and Bill Swanson, former CEOs of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon companies

Date: March 26, 2024, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Accelerating Innovation

Robert J. Stevens has been an independent director of Price Group since 2019 and serves as a member on the Executive Compensation and Management Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, an American aerospace, defense, arms, security, and advanced technologies company, from 2005 to 2012 and served as executive chairman in 2013. He also served as Lockheed Martin’s chief executive officer from August 2004 through 2012. Previously, Mr. Stevens held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with Lockheed Martin, including president and chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and head of strategic planning.

Mr. Stevens earned a B.A. in psychology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in industrial engineering and management from the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and an M.S. in business from Columbia University. Read complete bio...

Bill Swanson chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company (“Raytheon”). His over four-decade career at Raytheon, the final 10 years of which he served as chairman and CEO, concluded upon his retirement in 2014.

Prior to his tenure as chairman and CEO, Bill held a wide range of leadership positions at Raytheon, including manufacturing manager of Raytheon’s largest operational entity, president of Electronic Systems, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Systems Company and president of Raytheon.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Bill is active in the field of education as chairman of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation’s Board of Directors. Swanson recently retired from the NextEra Energy, Inc. Board of Directors after 12 years of service, including seven years as chair of its audit committee. Swanson is also chairman emeritus of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and vice chairperson emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors. He was a member of the Department of Defense’s Defense Business Board and served as honorary chair of MATHCOUNTS®. Read complete bio...

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Author and Political Strategist, Peter Zeihan

Date: Feb 27, 2024, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic:Strategic Competition. A fireside chat and Q&A with Alan Howard, associate chair of the Energy Academic Group.

Peter is a New York Times bestselling author whose first three books — The Accidental Superpower, The Absent Superpower and Disunited Nations — have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer.

Peter is also a highly sought after public speaker. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. Read complete bio...

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Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy

Date: Nov 28, 2023, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Strategic Competition. A fireside chat and Q&A with Lt. Gen. Eric Wendt, U.S. Army (retired), NPS Professor of Practice, Defense Analysis

Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Michèle served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of the Department of Defense’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress.

Prior to confirmation, Michèle co-led President Obama’s transition team at the Defense Department. Read complete bio...

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The Honorable Condoleezza Rice

Date: Oct 05, 2023, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Fireside chat and Q&A with Lt. Gen. Eric Wendt, U.S. Army (retired), NPS Professor of Practice, Defense Analysis

Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at Hoover, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow on Public Policy. She is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC, an international strategic consulting firm.

From January 2005 to January 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first black woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to January 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during which time she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Professor of Political Science, she has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors.

From February 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director, then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs, as well as Special Assistant to the President for National Security. In 1986, while an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s in the same subject from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D., likewise in political science, from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded over fifteen honorary doctorates. Read complete bio...

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GEN Bryan P. Fenton Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Date: May 30, 2023, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: SOF Today and In The Future: Space/Cyber and More…

General Fenton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He attended Negotiation/Leadership Training at Harvard University and served as the 2009 Army Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

General Bryan P. Fenton currently serves as the 13th Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL.  

Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, General Fenton served as the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC.

General Fenton’s other assignments as a general officer include:  Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Deputy Commander, Indo-Pacific Command; Commander, Special Operations Command Pacific; Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, U.S. Army Pacific; Deputy Commanding General – Operations, 25th Infantry Division; and Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and, Policy, Department of the Army.  Read complete bio...

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GEN Paul M. Nakasone Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

Date: April 25, 2022, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Cyber Today and in the Future

A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, GEN Nakasone is a graduate of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he received his commission through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

GEN Nakasone is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and Defense Intelligence College. He holds graduate degrees from the U.S. Army War College, the National Defense Intelligence College, and the University of Southern California.

GEN Nakasone's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Superior Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. 

GEN Nakasone has commanded a company, battalion, and brigade, and served as the senior intelligence officer at the battalion, division and corps levels and  has also served on two occasions as a staff officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He assumed his present duties as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in May 2018.  Read complete bio...

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The Honorable Dr. Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense (December 2006 to July 2011)

Date: November 29, 2022, 3:00pm (pacific) | King Hall | SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: National Security

Dr. Robert M. Gates served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from December 2006 to July 2011.  Dr. Gates was the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama was the eighth president Dr. Gates served.

Before becoming the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Gates was the President of Texas A&M University, the nation's seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency, on August 1, 2002, he served as Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Secretary Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, The White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Dr. Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to Director. He served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.  Read complete bio...

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The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, 78th Secretary of the Navy

August 18, 2022  |  1015 a.m. (pacific)  |  King Hall |  SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Lifelong Learning Is Our Greatest Competitive Advantage

The Honorable Carlos Del Toro was sworn in as the 78th Secretary of the Navy August 9, 2021. As Secretary, he is responsible for over 900,000 Sailors, Marines, reservists, and civilian personnel and an annual budget exceeding $210 Billion. His priorities include securing the training and equipment successful naval operations demand and addressing the most pressing challenges confronting the US Navy and Marine Corps – China’s naval ambitions, climate instability, Covid’s ongoing impact, and strengthening a naval culture of inclusiveness and respect.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Del Toro immigrated to the U.S. with his family as refugees in 1962. Raised in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, he attended public schools and received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Secretary Del Toro was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer upon his graduation in 1983.

Secretary Del Toro is a 1989 graduate of NPS’ Space Systems Engineering program. Read complete bio...

Learn more:  SECNAV Emphasizes Lifelong Learning as a ‘Strategic Imperative’ During NPS Guest Lecture

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Rear Admiral Douglas Small, Commander Information Warfare Systems Command

July 14, 2022  |  3:30 p.m. (pacific)  |  King Hall |  SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: Project Overmatch

Rear Adm. Doug Small is a native of Birchwood, Wisconsin. He is a 1988 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also holds a doctorate degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Small’s operational tours included mechanical division officer and main propulsion assistant on USS Camden (AOE 2), in which he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, as well as combat systems officer (plankowner) on USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). During Operation Iraqi Freedom he served as the first technical director of Joint Crew Composite Squadron (JCCS) 1, assembled by the Navy to assist with defeating then-prevalent radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IED).

An engineering duty officer since 1997, Small had a number of tours in acquisition, starting at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division and then the Missile Defense Agency. Moving to the Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Small was the electronic warfare assistant and then the major program manager for above water sensors (PEO IWS 2), overseeing the development of improvements for the Navy in electronic warfare and radar. Following this tour he served as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Read complete bio...

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Mr. Jason Zander, Executive Vice President at Microsoft

June 6, 2022  |  3:00 p.m. (pacific)  |  King Hall |  SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL) | NPS Livestream

Lecture Topic: “Fifth Domain Competition: A conversation with Microsoft Executive Vice President” … NPS President Vice Adm. Ann Rondeau (ret) USN will host a fireside chat with Mr. Zander on the strategic challenges in cyberspace for our nation and national defense.

Jason Zander is the executive vice president of the Strategic Missions and Technologies division at Microsoft. In this role, he leads the engineering and sales field organizations incubating technical products and driving scientific discovery to create solutions with transformative potential for the future of cloud computing and continued company growth across telecommunications, Azure Space & Missions Engineering, quantum computing, and Microsoft Federal Sales and Delivery.  

Mr. Zander led Microsoft Azure to become a global leader in hyperscale public and sovereign cloud computing, which now serves more than 95% of the Fortune 500. Under his leadership, Azure grew to millions of compute cores with exabytes of storage, while extending customer connectivity on and off the planet to an expanding data center footprint—constituting billions of dollars of capital investments—through a global fiber network and worldwide satellite connectivity. Mr. Zander continues to deliver technical innovation and holds nearly a dozen patents. 

Mr. Zander also serves as the Chief Technology Advisor of Titletown Tech in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, to build and fund early-stage, high-growth business in the region, and formerly served as a board member of Athenea Health, a leading provider of network-enabled services and mobile apps for medical groups and healthcare systems. Mr. Zander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Minnesota State University and lives in the Seattle area with his family. 

Learn more about:  "Naval Postgraduate School Collaborates With Microsoft To Bring Emerging Technologies To The Fleet

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Rear Admiral Blake L. Converse, Deputy Commander, US Pacific Fleet

Mar 29, 2022  |  3:00 p.m. (pacific)  |  King Hall |  SECNAV Guest Lecture (SGL)

Lecture Topic: The Theory of the Fight: U.S. Pacific Fleet and Indo-Pacific Security

Rear Admiral Blake Converse is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School.

His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661), USS Olympia (SSN 717), and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include Commanding Officer, USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and Commander, Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014.

Ashore, he served as the Radiological Controls Officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force; as a Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; as a Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron 17; as the Prospective Commanding Officer Course Instructor at Naval Reactors headquarters; and as Chief of Staff to Commander, U.S. Submarine Force. Read complete bio...

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July 14 - Rear Admiral Douglas Small, Commander Information Warfare Systems Command

June 6 - Mr. Jason Zander, Executive Vice President at Microsoft

May 3 - Admiral William Lescher, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

March 29 - Rear Admiral Blake L. Converse, Deputy Commander, US Pacific Fleet



October 19 - Mr. Dave P. Luber, Deputy Director of the National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate

October 12 - Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), Vice Chair, Global Affairs and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation

July 13 - Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

May 25 - Rear Admiral Lorin C. Selby, U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Research

April 27- Mr. Joseph Bryan, Senior Advisor on Climate to the Secretary of Defense

April 13- Vice Admiral Jon A. Hill, Director, Missile Defense Agency

February 16- Dr. William D. Phillips, Nobel Laureate and Legendary Quantum Physicist

January 26- Admiral Cecil D. Haney, U.S. Navy (retired), Former Commander (USSTRATCOM)



November 17- Ambassador Harry Harris, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

October 13- Lt. Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan, Inaugural Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense

October 13- Nand Mulchandani, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center 

August 25- Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, geologist and a former NASA astronaut

July 21- Retired General Keith B. Alexander, USA, Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CHCSS) and was the first Commander to lead the United States Cyber Command

July 21- Retired Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and 66th Director of Naval Intelligence

June 23- Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, U.S. Special Operations Command

May 19- Retired Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

January 23- Gen. Richard Clarke, USA, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)



August 20- Honorable Mr.  James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition (ASN (RD&A))

July 23- Gen. Stephen Lyons, USA, Commander, US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)

July 9- Adm. James Winnefeld, USN (retired), Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

April 9- Vice Adm. Paul Sullivan, USN (retired), Former Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

March 5- Adm. John Richardson, USN, Chief of Naval Operations

February 26- Dr. Toshi Yoshihara, Professor

January 9- Mr. Peter Singer, Strategist for the New America Foundation and Contributing Editor for Popular Science Magazine



October 30- Mr. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

October 1- Mr. Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe

August 15- Mr. Ross Perot Jr, Chairman of the Perot Group

March 5- Dr.  Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google

February 1- Honorable Mr. Richard Spencer, SECDEF

January 23- Adm. Michael Mullen, USN (retired), Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff



December 20- Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)/ Director of the National Security Agency

December 1- Gen. Robert Neller, USMC, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps

November 21- Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Dean, Elliott School of Int'l Affairs, George Washington University

October 10- Rear Adm.  Tony Kurta, USN (retired), Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD (P&R))

August 10- Honorable Mr. Leon Panetta, Former SECDEF, Former Director of the CIA, Former White House Chief of Staff

July 25- Adm. Philip S. Davidson, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (USFF)

July 11- Capt. Jeff Bacon, USN (retired), Illustrator, Broadside and Greenside cartoons

May 18- Gen. John E.  Hyten, USAF, Commander, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)

May 2- Vice Adm. William Brown, USN, Director for Logistics (J4), Joint Staff

April 18- Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Commander, Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command, and the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

March 7- Ms. Leanne Caret, Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company

March 2- Adm. Harry Harris Jr., USN, Commander, US Pacific Command (USPACOM)

February 14- Vice Adm. Patricia Tracey, USN (retired), Former Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET)

January 24- Dr. David Chu, President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses

January 17- Mr.  Karl Eikenberry, Former Ambassador to Afghanistan

January 5- Honorable Dr. Robert Gates, Former SECDEF



May 10- Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, USAF, Commander, Air Education and Training Command

October 18- Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

April 19- Capt. Paul Rinn, USN (retired), Former Commanding Officer, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)

February 16- Mr. Mark Ward, Career Minister in Department of State/ Current Director of the Syrian Transition Assistance and Response Team (START)

February 9- Honorable Mr. Richard Danzig, Former SECNAV



October 15- Rear Adm. James J. Shannon, USN, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs (DASN(IP))

October 6- Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, USN (retired), Former Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

August 11- Vice Adm. Michael C. Vitale, USN (retired), Former Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) 

July 14- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (retired), Former Commanding Officer, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)

May 12- Mr. Mark Dankberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat

April 3- Adm. Michelle Howard, USN, 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations

February 4- Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)/ Director of the National Security Agency



October 6- Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, USMC, Commanding General, US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

August 12- Lt. Gen. David K. Heebner, USA (retired), Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff

April 4- Mr. Stephen Dubner, Economist/Author

April 4- Dr. Steven Levitt, Economist/Author

April 3- Adm. Harry Harris Jr., USN, Commander, US Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)

March 19- Gen. John F. Kelly, USMC, Commander, US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)

February 12- Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, USN, 37th Vice Chief of Naval Operations



November 20- Vice Adm. Bill Moran, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations

June 4- Rear Adm. Terence E. “Terry” McKnight, USN (retired), Former Commanding Officer, Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151)

February 9- Capt. Paul Rinn, USN (retired), Vice President, Whitney, Brown & Bradley (WBB) consulting firm

January 15- Capt. David Marquet, USN (retired), Author / Speaker



November 27- Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran, National Editor of the Washington Post

November 13- Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt, USMC (retired), Public Speaker, Author

October 16- Capt. Frank Castellano, USN, Former Commanding Officer, USS Bainbridge (DDG 96)

September 25- Mr. Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense

June 7- Adm. William McRaven, USN, Commander, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

May 22- Mr. Manfred Lange, Chief of Staff, SHAPE

May 15- Dr. Fenton Carey, Technical Specialist at ATPCO, Washington DC

May 10- Honorable Mr. Robert O. Work, 31st Under Secretary of the Navy

May 8- Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., USAF, Commander, Air Education and Training Command

April 17- Mr. Kevin Freeman, CFA, CEO Freeman Global Investment Counsel

April 3- Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, USN (retired), Professional Speaker/Commanding Officer, USS Cole (DDG 67) during Yemen attack

March 8- Dr. Michael Griffin, Professor/Consultant, Former NASA Administrator

February 28- Mr. Yaron Brook, President and Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute

February 24- Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Georgia Senator - Republican

February 16- Adm. Mark E. Ferguson, III, USN, 37th Vice Chief of Naval Operations



August 29- Honorable Mr. Ray Mabus, SECNAV

August 23- Honorable Mr. Leon Panetta, SECDEF 

August 16- Dr. David Kilcullen, Counterinsurgency

August 9- Honorable Mr. Zachary Lemnios, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E))

July 26- Capt. Wayne Porter, USN, Special Strategic Assistant to Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Adm. Mike Mullen

July 12- Rear Adm. Greg Smith, USN, Former US Central Command (CENTCOM) Public Affairs Officer

May 31- Mr. Phil Dyer, Co-Founder of the VICTORY Success System for Military Veterans. Entrepreneur

March 29- Ms. Gould, Independent Research Scholar/Author

March 29- Mr. Fitzgerald, Independent Research Scholar/Author

March 8- Ms. Mary Ann Davidson, Chief of Security, Oracle Corp.

February 24- Gen. Stéphane Abrial, French Air Force, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

February 15- Mr. Peter Singer, Fellow and Director 21st Century Defense Initiative Brookings Institute

February 1- Capt. Alan G. Poindexter, USN, NPS Dean of Students

January 18- Provost Leonard Ferrari, NPS Provost

January 11- Mr. Anthony Shaffer, External Communications Director, Center for Advanced Defense Studies



November 30- Mr. Craig Duehring, Former Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs

October 26- Mr. Thomas Barnett, Senior Managing Director, Enterra Solutions LLC

September 7- Dr. Ron Ross, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) senior computer scientist and information security researcher

August 24- Dr. Radford Langston, Principal, Langston Associates

August 17- Mr. Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism, Security, Global Affairs, and Cyber Warfare

August 3- Capt. Paul Rinn, USN (retired), Former Commanding Officer, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)

July 20- Mr. Phil Midland, President, IHS International, LC

May 18- Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Professor, School of Political Science and Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa

May 13- Gen. George W. Casey Jr., USA, 36th Chief of Staff of US Army

April 20- Dr. Amory Lovins, Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute

March 30- Gen. James T. Conway, USMC, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps

February 18- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), South Carolina Senator - Republican

February 18- Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Georgia Senator - Republican

February 1- Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN, Commander, US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)



November 17- Gen. John P. Jumper, USAF (retired), Former Chief of Staff of the US Air Force

November 10- Mr. Phil Dyer, Co-Founder of the VICTORY Success System for Military Veterans. Entrepreneur

November 3- Mr. Michael Gordon, Military Correspondent, New York Times

October 27- Ambassador Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq

October 13- Dr. Richard Muller, Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley

September 29- Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin, USA, Commandant of the US Army War College

July 21- Dr. Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis

May 12- Mr. Greg Mortenson, American Humanitarian, professional speaker, writer and former mountaineer

April 21- Brig. Gen. Richard M. Lake, USMC, Deputy Director of National Clandestine Service for Community Human Intelligence, CIA

March 10- Mr. David Wennergren, Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer (DoD)

February 10- Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, USA, Director, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIDO)

January 13- Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Benes, USMC, Former Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (OPNAV N85)



November 25- Dr. Walter Jones, Executive Director, Office of Naval Research

October 28- Rear Adm. James M. Hart, USN, Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)

October 14- Rear Adm. W. G. “Jerry” Ellis, USN, NPS Professor and Undersea Warfare Chair

September 29- Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN, Commander, US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)

September 4- Adm. Eric T. Olson, USN, Eighth Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

September 3- Gen. James Mattis, USMC, Commander, US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM)

August 26- Mr. W. David Schwaderer, Author

August 19- Mr. Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

July 22- Lt. Gen. Eugene D. Santarelli, USAF (retired), Former Vice Commander, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AF Base, Hawaii

July 15- Mr. Steve Blank, Entrepreneur and Academician in high tech industry

June 3- Col. Thomas Hammes, USMC (retired), A specialist in counter-insurgency warfare

May 27- Senator Dr. Gary Hart (D-CO), Former Colorado Senator – Democrat ('75-'87)

May 20- Dr. Charles McQueary, Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, with SECDEF at the DoD

May 13- Gen. Bruce Carlson, USAF, Director, National Reconnaissance Office

April 29- Mr. Leonard Demi, President of the Defense Committee of the Albanian Parliament

April 1- Vice Adm. H. Denby Starling, II, USN, Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM)

March 11- Mr. Mario Mancuso, Former Under Secretary of Commerce of the United States

February 19- Col. Terry Ebbert, USMC (retired), Director of Homeland Security for New Orleans

February 12- Adm. Bobby R. Inman, USN (retired), Former Deputy Director of the CIA

February 5- Brig. Gen. Michael M. Brogan, USMC, Commanding General, Training Command, MCB Quantico