Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Board Member Since 2008
Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., retired from the U.S. Navy in October 2007 after a long and distinguished career that included command, operational, and staff assignments.
Prior to his retirement, he served as the seventh Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's second highest ranking military officer. In this capacity, he chaired the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, co-chaired the Defense Acquisition Board, and served as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee, the Nuclear Weapons Council, and the Missile Defense Executive Board. In addition, he worked with Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England as co-chair of the Deputies Advisory Working Group, which oversees implementation of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and other high level issues.
His numerous command positions included service as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and Commander of the United States Joint Forces Command, where he led the transformation of NATO and U.S. military forces, capabilities, and doctrines, along with the introduction of new technologies.
Admiral Giambastiani's operational assignments included several in which he was responsible for demanding at-sea operations and the development of new technologies and experimental processes. Early sea assignments included USS Puffer (SSN 652) and USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (BLUE). While assigned to Puffer, he was a 1973 winner of the Fleet Commander's Junior Officer Submarine Shiphandling Competition. He commanded Submarine NR-1, the Navy's only nuclear-powered deep diving ocean engineering and research submarine, and USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687). His numerous U.S. and foreign decorations include 19 unit awards and commendations that recognize the accomplishments of his entire team.
He also led Submarine Development Squadron 12, an operational submarine squadron that serves as the Navy's Warfare Center of Excellence for submarine doctrine and tactics. He served as the first director of strategy and concepts at the Naval Doctrine Command, as well as Commander, Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force; Commander, Submarines Allied Command Atlantic; and Commander, Anti-Submarine and Reconnaissance Forces Atlantic.
His other shore and staff assignments included duties as an enlisted program manager at the Navy Recruiting Command Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in the early days of the all-volunteer force; Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency; and a fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group. As a flag officer, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Director of Submarine Warfare for the Chief of Naval Operations; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments; and as the Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with leadership distinction in 1970.