STRATEGIC NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISORS
CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS
Mr. Williams is president of Christopher A. Williams, LLC, an independent national security and technology consulting firm located in Northern Virginia that provides strategic advice to American businesses. His clients have ranged from the “Top Five” aerospace & defense prime contractors to mid-tier companies to venture capital-backed technology start-ups.
In addition to his private consulting business, Mr. Williams currently advises various Federal departments and agencies on defense policy and strategy, national security, national-level strategic programs, space programs, intelligence programs and activities, ballistic missile defense programs, international relations, personnel security and counterintelligence, and other matters. This includes serving as a senior advisor to United States Strategic Command, as a consultant to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and as an associate in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Mr. Williams chaired the Department of Defense Policy Board, a group of former Cabinet-level officials, senior military officers, and other distinguished Americans that advises the Secretary of Defense on a broad range of national security policy and military strategy
matters. He also has served on other Governmental advisory boards, including the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Advisory Committee, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Advisory Committee, and a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory group. Mr. Williams was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to serve on the Secretary’s Task Force on DOD Nuclear Weapons Management. He also served as a member of a Congressionally-directed independent review commission on China’s military modernization.
Mr. Williams has held senior positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of government. At the Department of Defense, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and as acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
He also served as Executive Secretary of the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Soviet Defense & Space Talks in Geneva, Switzerland. He held a series of Leadership and Committee professional staff positions in the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Deputy Staff Director and Budget Director on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee.
RICHARD N. BRUNASKY
Mr. Brunasky has been providing independent consulting services to U.S. government and defense contractor clients since 2009. His areas of expertise include C4ISR, space, continuity of operations/government, Asia-Pacific security affairs, information operations, directed energy, intelligence, counter-intelligence, security, special access programs, critical infrastructure protection, and technology transition. He specializes in anticipating change, creating visions, developing strategies, formulating new concepts, planning and executing programs, forming teams, developing business, and building advocacies.
Among Mr. Brunasky’s current and past clients are the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Policy), Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, DoE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Battelle, QinetiQ North America, ManTech, FGM, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bowhead Science and Technology, and Ausgar Technologies.
From January to December 2008, Mr. Brunasky served as the Executive Advisor to the CEO/President of Envisioneering, Inc. a high-technology company specializing in directed energy technology, advanced optics, and weapons system development. He assisted the
CEO/President in development of business strategies and generation of advanced concepts.
From October 1992 until his retirement from federal service in October 2007, Mr. Brunasky served in various information operations, space, continuity, critical infrastructure, emergency planning, and special program positions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Deputy Director for Strategic Studies, Information Operations & Strategic Studies, USD(Intelligence)
Founding Director, Defense Policy Analysis Office, USD(Policy) and USD(Intelligence)
Director, Special Planning, Special Advisory Staff, USD(Policy)
Assistant Director for Continuity Programs, National & Strategic Programs, ASD(C3I)
Deputy Director and Assistant Director for Space Control, Space Policy, ASD(C3I)
Deputy Director for Advanced Concepts, Office of Defense Continuity Support, USD(Policy)
Founding Director, Infrastructure Assurance/Critical Infrastructure Protection, USD(Policy)
Staff Officer, Emergency Planning, USD(Policy)
Mr. Brunasky served at USAF Space and Missile Systems Center from September 1987 to October 1992 as Operations Security Manager, Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff for compartmented activities, and Director, Special Concepts, Developmental Planning (XR). During his tenure, he developed concepts and plans to enhance the security, survivability, continuity, and resilience of SMC space programs, infrastructure, and activities.
From August 1976 to September 1987, Mr. Brunasky worked for U.S. Army Materiel Command where he held positions in the areas of information, personnel, physical, operations, and industrial security; foreign disclosure; continuity of operations; and nuclear/chemical surety.
Mr. Brunasky graduated from Point Park University in 1974 with a BA in Political Science. He attended numerous courses in national security affairs, intelligence, counterintelligence, security, business management, information operations, terrorism and counterterrorism, and emergency management. He received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.
Mr. Flory is a national security professional with senior-level Washington and international experience meeting complex challenges in the U.S. Defense Department and intelligence community, NATO, Congress, and defense industry. He has extensive background in strategic deterrence, cyber and missile defense, counterintelligence and security, and regional strategies.
Mr. Flory has served as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment where he was the senior civilian official for capabilities and served as the chairman of NATO C3 and Cyber Defense Management Boards. Prior to this position, Mr. Flory served as the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. In this capacity, he served as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense on issues that relate to nonproliferation and counterproliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; development of security cooperation strategies with nations of Europe, Eurasia, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; oversight over the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and arms control negotiations; and policy for nuclear and advanced non-nuclear deterrent forces, space-related capabilities, and ballistic missile defenses.
Mr. Flory has also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and assisted in the formulation and coordination of international security strategy and policy for East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Persian Gulf, Africa, and Latin America. In particular, Mr. Flory played a leading role in the development and implementation of Administration strategies for India and Pakistan, and other nations of South Asia.
Prior to his Defense Department assignments, Mr. Flory was Chief Investigative Counsel and Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). Mr. Flory led investigations into technology transfers to the People's Republic of China and security problems at the Department of Energy's nuclear laboratories and was responsible for oversight over intelligence matters, including counterintelligence, covert action, denial and deception, and intelligence analysis.
Mr. Flory practiced law with the firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP and previously served as Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism in the Department of State with the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary.
After working as a journalist, he served as a national security advisor to Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. An Honors Graduate of McGill University, Mr. Flory received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Flory also speaks German and French.