Senior Advisory Board

Meet the members of the Senior Advisory Board who help guide our efforts to provide military and intelligence leaders with data-driven analysis and technologically informed insights.


General John F. Campbell (USA, Ret.)

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

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    General John F. Campbell (U.S. Army-Ret.), former commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces—Afghanistan, offers extensive leadership experience from his distinguished, 37-year career as a U.S. Army commander with operational assignments in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United States.

    General Campbell was most recently the commander of the International Security Assistance Force/Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces—Afghanistan. Prior to this command assignment, he served as the 34th vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Army of more than 1 million personnel.

    General Campbell graduated from West Point and served his early years in infantry and special forces assignments. He commanded a company in the 82nd Airborne Division and a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha in the 5th Special Forces Group. As a field grade officer he served as the aide-de-camp to the commanding general, XVIII Airborne Corps, deploying in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, he followed this assignment with another command billet at the battalion level with the 2d Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

    During the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002-2003, Campbell commanded 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division in Afghanistan, and later served as the deputy commanding general, 1st Cavalry Division and Multinational Division Baghdad during the surge in Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Subsequently he served as the commanding general, of the legendary 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and deployed the entire division to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 as the commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101/Regional Command East.

    General Campbell serves on the Board of Directors of IAP, Rolls Royce North America, Systematic Inc., and BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. He also serves on the advisory boards of AM General, SAP NS2 and on MITRE’s Army Advisory Board. He also serves on several veteran nonprofit boards to include NS2 Serves, Code of Support, Homes for Our Troops, Hiring Our Heroes and Army Emergency Relief.

    General Campbell holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. During his military service, General Campbell earned a number of individual and campaign awards to include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, six Meritorious Service Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, as well as the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.


Lisa S. Disbrow

The Honorable Lisa S. Disbrow

Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

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    Lisa S. Disbrow was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1985 and retired with 32 years of combined civilian and military service. She served as the 25th under secretary of the Air Force from 2015–2017, leading 660,000 personnel and overseeing an annual budget of over $130 billion. Disbrow focused on space and cyberspace resiliency, modernizing nuclear forces, acquiring weapons and intelligence systems, while also working to improve care and benefits for airmen living with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

    Following the 2017 presidential inauguration, Disbrow served as acting secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense’s principal department of defense space advisor until the Senate confirmation of Heather Wilson. Prior to these positions, Disbrow served as the Senate-confirmed financial management and comptroller of the Air Force, vice director of the Joint Staff J-8 Directorate, special advisor on the National Security Staff in the White House, and as a systems engineer in the National Reconnaissance Office.

    Disbrow served for over 23 years in the U.S. Air Force as an operations and signals/electronic intelligence officer and in programming and plans positions. She deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch, prior to her retirement from the Air Force Reserve in 2008.

    Disbrow currently sits on the board of directors of Mercury Systems, Perspecta, BlackBerry, Sequa, LMI, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Air Force Association. She chairs MITRE’s Air Force Advisory Board and is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.



Admiral William E. Gortney (USN, Ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Northern Command

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    Admiral William (Bill) E. Gortney (U.S. Navy-Ret.) graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a bachelor of arts in history and political science in 1977. He was commissioned via the Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1977, designated a naval aviator in 1978, and retired in 2016.

    During his 39-year career, Bill Gortney commanded at every level in the Navy. Squadron command tours included VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and VFA-15. Three additional commands were in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, providing support to maritime security operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. These assignments included commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain; commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75); and commander, Carrier Air Wing 7, on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Four Star commands included U.S. Fleet Forces Command, NS Norfolk, VA, and his final assignment as commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command.

    Gortney’s additional tours provided extensive fleet, joint, overseas, and Washington D.C. experience, to include assignment as director, Joint Staff. He holds a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

    Gortney flew over 5,360 mishap-free flight hours and completed 1,265 carrier-arrested landings. He is authorized to wear multiple awards to include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), The Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Sea Service Ribbon (eight awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards). Foreign awards include recognition from Bahrain, France, Mexico (two awards), and Canada.


Robert B. Murrett

Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett (USN, Ret.)

Former Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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    Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (US Navy-Ret.) was the fourth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (2006-2010). Before this appointment, Murrett served as the director of naval intelligence from 2005 until 2006 and the vice director of intelligence on the Joint Staff from 2002-2005.

    Following his commissioning, Murrett was assigned as an afloat intelligence officer and served Mediterranean, north Atlantic, and western Pacific deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, USS America, and USS Independence. He was assigned to the Defense Intelligence College in 1980, then detailed to the chief of naval operations intelligence plot as a watch stander and briefing officer for Navy civilian and military leaders. From 1983 to 1985, he served as assistant intelligence officer for the Commander, Second Fleet.

    In 1989, Murrett reported to the commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he was assigned as operational intelligence officer. From 1992 to 1995, he served as assistant chief of staff-intelligence for the commander, Carrier Group Eight and was deployed to the European and Central Command theaters. Between 1995 and 1997, he was assistant chief of staff, intelligence for the commander, Second Fleet and served concurrently as N2 for NATO’s Striking Fleet Atlantic.

    In June 2011, Murrett joined the Maxwell School at Syracuse University as professor of practice in public administration and international affairs. He also serves as the deputy director at the Institute of Security, Policy and Law and on the board of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at the university.


Robert O. Work

The Honorable Robert O. Work

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

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    Robert O. Work, president and owner of TeamWork, LLC, is a consultant specializing in national security affairs, defense strategy and programs, military and dual-use technologies, and the future of warfare. He is also a senior visiting fellow at MITRE.

    Work, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 27 years, went on to serve as a civilian at the highest levels of the Department of Defense (DoD). He was deputy secretary of defense under three different secretaries. As the DoD’s chief operating/management officer, Work was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business of the Pentagon and developing the department's $600 billion defense program. He is widely credited for his work with leaders in the department and in the intelligence community on the "Third Offset Strategy," which aims to restore the country’s overmatch over strategic rivals and adversaries.

    Work served as under secretary of the Navy during the Obama administration. As the principal civilian deputy to the secretary of the Navy, Work ensured the smooth running of the U.S. naval global business enterprise, with more than 500,000 active duty personnel, 200,000 government civilians, and a $160 billion budget.

    Work is senior counselor and a distinguished senior fellow for defense and national security at the Center for a New American Security. He previously spent a year as CEO of the organization prior to serving as Deputy Secretary of Defense. He also is a senior counselor at the Telemus Group, a strategic advisory firm specializing in defense forecasting, wargaming, and qualitative analytics. He is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He sits on five boards, including the Raytheon Corporation, and is a strategic adviser for several investment and small high-tech firms. Work is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the Marine Corps Association.

    Immediately after his retirement from the Marines, Work was a senior fellow and later vice president for strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He wrote or co-authored eight major monographs on maritime affairs, defense strategy and technologies, and military operations. He was an adjust professor at George Washington University.

    He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He holds master's degrees in: Systems Management from the University of Southern California; Systems Technology, with a focus on Space Systems Operations, from the Naval Postgraduate School; and in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


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