We have officially confirmed the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Zachery “Zech” Mears will be our lead keynote speaker next week at the Connections Conference.
Dr. Zachary Mears is Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Dr. Mears served at the White House as the Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff, where he advised the President and the National Security Advisor on national security priorities and helped oversee the executive branch processes to implement them. Before moving to the White House, he was a senior advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, where he provided strategic advisory support regarding the size and character of U.S. global defense posture.
Prior to entering government service, Dr. Mears was a senior analyst with Scitor Corporation and a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. At both institutions he supported a range of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers on U.S. global defense posture, defense acquisition and budget, nuclear, space, and missile defense matters. He was also an adjunct professor of U.S. defense policy at The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Dr. Mears holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee, and an M.A. (with distinction) and a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.
The attendance of Dr. Mears and his giving his valuable time to present his thoughts to Conference attendees, communicates yet again the increasing importance being placed on wargaming by advocates at the highest levels of the US Department of Defense!
There is still time to register for Connections, taking place NEXT WEEK, July 27th to July 30th at the National Defense University! We hope to see you there!