News Release

June 19, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: Fiona Gettinger, Communications Associate, 703-824-2388

CNA Announces Space Advisory Council

ARLINGTON, Va. — CNA today announced that it has completed the appointment of a Space Advisory Council of national experts with institutional knowledge of space programs, operations and policy to advise the CNA research team working with the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop a plan to create a Military Department of Space.

CNA President and CEO Katherine McGrady said the Space Advisory Council consists of national leaders who have deep experience with space program operations and Department of Defense functions. “It is our intention to convene the council at key milestones throughout the project so we can draw upon their institutional knowledge of space activities and unbiased advice on the organizational challenges and opportunities that could emerge should the Department of Defense choose to establish the Military Department of Space,” McGrady said.

Earlier this year CNA was chosen by the DOD to fulfill a directive by Congress (National Defense Authorization Act FY18, Section 1601d), to select a Federally Funded Research and Development Center not affiliated with the Air Force to design a new Military Department of Space. CNA will deliver its study to the deputy secretary of defense toward the end of the year. The report will propose a design for a Military Department of Space, if the government were to create one.

CNA’s research team is led by Margaux Hoar, director of CNA’s Organizations, Roles and Missions team. Hoar, an expert on organizational and process design, has led analytically based organizational designs and redesigns for OPNAV, SECNAV, joint agency and lower echelon clients. She said the Space Advisory Council was a key element of CNA’s original proposal and will play a vital role as CNA moves forward with the project. Already, initial members of the Space Advisory Council have convened twice to provide perspectives and background to inform the project’s early stages.

“Our project team of senior-level analysts brings exceptional experience in organizational design, manpower analytics, legislative assessment, and cost and acquisition. The perspective of CNA’s Space Advisory Council will ensure that the project results in a plan that is comprehensive and feasible in support of national security requirements in space,” Hoar said.

The Space Advisory Council members include:

Admiral Henry Goodman Chiles Jr., USN (Ret.)
Former Commander in Chief, United States Strategic Command

Vice Admiral Joseph W. Dyer, USN (Ret.)
Chief Strategy Officer, National Spectrum Consortium;  former Commander, Naval Air Systems Command; former Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, iRobot; former Chairman, NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel

Colonel Richard W. McKinney, USAF (Ret.)
Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space; Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C.; former Director for Space Acquisition, U.S. Air Force

Colonel Gary E. Payton, USAF (Ret.) – Astronaut
Former Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space Programs; former Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Transportation Technology, NASA; former Deputy for Advanced Systems, Missile Defense Agency; NRO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service

The Honorable Dr. Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan, Astronaut
Former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer, USMC (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, Marine Corps; former Commanding General of Multi‚ÄźNational Force, Al Anbar, Iraq; former USMC Director, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps

General Thomas Moorman Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force; former Commander and Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command; signatory member, 2001 Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization

Mr. N. Wayne Hale
Former Deputy Associate Administrator of Strategic Partnerships, NASA; former Flight Director and Program Manager for the space shuttle

The Honorable Dr. Dov S. Zakheim, CNA Senior Fellow
Former Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Defense; former DOD Deputy Under Secretary for Planning and Resources

CNA is a nonprofit research and analysis organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses, the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) serving the Department of the Navy. CNA is dedicated to developing actionable solutions to complex problems of national importance. With nearly 700 scientists, analysts and professional staff, CNA takes a real-world approach to gathering data. Its one-of-a-kind field program places analysts on carriers and military bases, in squad rooms and classrooms, and working side-by-side with a wide array of government decision-makers around the world. In addition to the FFRDC, CNA’s research portfolio includes criminal justice, homeland security, energy security, water resources, enterprise systems and data analysis, and education through the Institute for Public Research.


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