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URW 2009 Speakers

  John R. Benedict

Mr. John R. Benedict is a Fellow in the National Security Studies Office within the National Security Analysis Department (NSAD) at JHU/APL. He is responsible for ensuring that a small group of National Security Studies Fellows provides needed thought leadership on contemporary national security issues, analytic capability development, and development of new sponsored programs. The same group of fellows has been developing needed analytic perspectives related to irregular warfare (e.g., counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations) and sharing these perspectives at venues such as MORSS (the Military Operations Research Society Symposium). They are also providing needed leadership in selected studies and analyses with high visibility/impact for JHU/APL and its sponsors. Prior to this (2004-06), Mr. Benedict served as Head of the Joint Warfare Analysis Branch in NSAD. In this position, he was responsible for establishing common analysis processes and developing analytic capabilities required to ensure that NSAD has the requisite ability to conduct tactical, mission, operational, and campaign analyses appropriate to its sponsors.

While on Group Staff (1985-2004), his activities included Naval Studies Board participation and principal investigator roles in several key studies sponsored by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) including Task Force Antisubmarine (ASW). Previously, he performed as Study Lead and Principal Investigator on a variety of undersea warfare (USW) studies as well as for several Laboratory strategic planning activities related to mine countermeasures (MCM), counterterrorism, and joint warfare. During this same period, he was Study Director for five Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) efforts. In these and other studies, he was responsible for the coordination of the combined efforts of technical teams comprised of representatives from various Navy and University laboratories.

From 1969-85, he worked at Vitro Corporation, including serving as Group Supervisor for more than 20 professionals engaged in operations research and systems analysis in ASW as well as the development and use of ASW simulations for the conduct of mission and campaign analyses. Prior to this, he acted as Principal Investigator for several NAVSEA-sponsored studies on ship anti-air warfare (AAW) defense.

He has had articles published in the Naval War College Review, the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, The Submarine Review, the U.S. Navy Journal of Underwater Acoustics, the ASW Log, The Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest, and other journals. He has received numerous commendations and was a recipient of the Special Achievement "Bronze Medal" Award at the September 2002 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) USW Division Conference held at Newport. He has an M.S. in Numerical Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland.