APL Senior Fellows are distinguished experts in national security and space who work together with technical experts at the Laboratory to better inform technology and policy decisions made by U.S. military leaders and senior government officials.
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Prior to his retirement from the Marine Corps, General Allen served as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and deputy commander of U.S. Central Command. He remained a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East security after his retirement, eventually being called upon in this role to serve as the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL.
Dr. Richard Danzig is a member of the Defense Policy Board and the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, a trustee of the RAND Corporation and of Reed College, a director of the Center for a New American Security, a director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm), and chair of the Advisory Board for Idaho National Laboratory’s Innovation Center. Previously, he served as Under Secretary of the Navy and then Secretary of the Navy during the Clinton Administration. He is the author of numerous reports and several books, including most recently, “Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risk of America’s Cyber Dependencies.”
Dr. Phil DePoy spent four decades associated with the Center for Naval Analyses, rising through the ranks to become president and CEO. He later became president of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and he was founding director of the Wayne E. Meyer Institute of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. He most recently served as chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.
Ms. Lisa Disbrow has extensive experience in national security leadership roles, including career government civil service as a member of the Senior Executive Service, as a career officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and, most recently, as the undersecretary of the Air Force and acting secretary of the Air Force from January 2015 through June 2017. Ms. Disbrow’s assignments also include service as the special advisor for policy implementation and execution in support of the president’s national security advisor at the White House, vice director, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment (J-8) on the Joint Staff, and assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller.
Mr. James Gosler is one of the nation’s foremost experts on cybersecurity and information operations. He served over three decades in various cyber- and nuclear weapon-related positions at Sandia National Laboratories. During his lab career, he was invited by the National Security Agency to serve as the lab’s first visiting scientist, where he created and led the Vulnerability Assessment Program and, in 2004, was appointed Sandia’s sixth fellow. Mr. Gosler previously served as director of the Clandestine Information Technology Office at the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ms. Avril Haines is a former deputy national security adviser with wide-ranging expertise in policy, strategy, and law. Just before her tenure as deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama, Haines served as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. She also served as legal adviser to the National Security Council and as deputy counsel to the president for national security affairs at the White House, positions she held after terms as a deputy chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as a legal adviser in the State Department.
Admiral Locklear served 40 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, rising to become the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command. Among his many commands positions at sea, he served as Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Allied Joint Force Command Naples. Ashore, Admiral Locklear served as executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; the 78th commandant of midshipmen, United States Naval Academy; director, Assessment Division (OPNAV N81); director, Programming Division (OPNAV N80); and director, Navy Staff.
Dr. James Miller is known for his expertise and leadership in government in the fields of nuclear deterrence, missile defense, space policy, and cyber warfare. He is president of Adaptive Strategies, LLC, and serves on the board of directors for the Atlantic Council and on the board of advisors for Endgame, Inc. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Defense Science Board.
As Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2012 to January 2014, Dr. Miller served as the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on strategy, policy, and operations, working to strengthen relations with allies and partners in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and to reduce the risks of miscommunication with Russia and China. He served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from April 2009 to May 2012.
Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander and also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America, from 2006 to 2009. He was the longest-serving Combatant Commander in recent U.S. history. Admiral Stavridis holds a doctorate from The Fletcher School, where he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student, and over his career has published five books and more than one hundred articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.
Dr. Paul Stockton is the Managing Director of Sonecon, LLC. He is an internationally recognized leader in infrastructure resilience, continuity planning, and installation and personnel security and, more generally, U.S. national security and foreign policy. Prior to joining Sonecon, Dr. Stockton was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from June 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he served as the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Domestic Crisis Manager, helping lead the department’s response to Superstorm Sandy, Deepwater Horizon, and other disasters. Dr. Stockton also oversaw antiterrorism policies and programs for DoD’s domestic installations, guided the Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection program, and led the development of the DoD’s first Mission Assurance Strategy. He serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of Analytic Services, Inc., the Strategic Advisory Council of the Idaho National Laboratory, and other boards. He is the recent author of “Superstorm Sandy: Implications for Designing a Post-Cyberattack Power Restoration System.”
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work was the Defense Department’s second-ranking civilian leader from 2014 until 2017, after a term as Under Secretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013. He served 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel after holding a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He has also been CEO of the Center for a New American Security, vice president for strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and adjunct professor at the George Washington University.