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Stephen R. Woodall, Ph.D. / CAPT, USN (ret)

Dr. Stephen R. Woodall has over thirty years of executive and operational experience in strategic planning, vision development, long-range resource analysis, strategic forecasting, international operations and management, systems and operations analysis, systems engineering, warfare gaming and analysis, technology planning, and inspirational leadership under demanding conditions, including combat operations in the Vietnam War, the 1986 Libya “Line of Death” and strike operations, and the 1991 Gulf War. He is the founding President and CEO of Strategic Synthesis, Ltd. (LLC). Additionally, he is a Consulting Senior Systems Engineer and Systems Analyst for a number of major defense and consulting firms. Dr. Woodall served as a naval officer from June 1967 until retirement as a Captain in February 1994.  His naval service included three commands at sea, including the AEGIS Cruiser USS MOBILE BAY (CG 53), serving as the four-carrier ‘Battle Force ZULU’ Anti-Air Warfare Commander (AAWC) during the 1991 Gulf War in the Northern Arabian Gulf, in addition to command of the warship USS KING (DDG 41) and ocean-going fleet tug and salvage ship USS LUISENO (ATF 156).

Experience in strategic planning and vision development includes support of the Army Digitization Office (ADO), the future of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Staff, and similar work for OSD (C3I), BMDO/MDA, JT/IAMDO, Navy PEO IT, the DoN Secretariat, CNET, Navy SEALs, Army SMDC, ONR, PEO IWS, USSOCOM, and many others. Professionally, Dr. Woodall has supported the development and analysis of such C4ISR-related systems and capabilities as Athena (the Navy's revolutionary approach to Theater Command and Decision), the Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO) capability, Y2K testing and analysis, the Area Air Defense Commander (AADC) capability, Land Attack and NSFS, TAMD, JBMC2, Joint Fires, the Navy Distributed Engineering Plant (DEP), Common C&D, and Open Architecture.  He has also supported the New Design SSN, CV(X), CVN-76, CVN-78, DD-21, DD(X), the LCS, and the CG(X).  

In addition to his consulting work, he has been active as a member of the Executive Committee, and in July 2012 was elected as the Vice Chairman, of the Strike, Land Attack, and Air Defense (SLAAD) Division of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). He has served as Study Director on a number of influential Industry-Government study efforts, including "AADC Joint Air Defense Firepower Coordination," "Integration, Control, and Deconfliction of Joint Fires," "Roadmap to the Single Integrated Picture (SIP),” “FORCEnet, the Naval Component of the Global Information Grid (GIG)," "The Future of the Navy in Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense (JIAMD I),” "Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Integration and Interoperability (JIAMD II),” “Command and Control and Battle Management Implications for Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense (MIAMD),” and, most recently, “The Navy Path to Greater Roles in Global Integrated Air and Missile Defense (GIAMD).” He has been awarded the Admiral John H. Sides Award and the NDIA Gold Medal for his dedicated service to the NDIA SLAAD Division since 1997. Dr. Woodall is the author of the book "Strategic Forecasting in Long-Range Military Force Planning," and numerous strategic plans, analyses, journal articles and papers. He is the co-author of a new book, “Strategy with Passion – a Leader’s Guide to Exploiting the Future.”  He served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service from 1994 through 1996. 


PhD, World Politics  Catholic University of America 1984-1985
MA, World Politics Catholic University of America 1982-1984
Federal Executive Fellow The Brookings Institution 1983-1984
MS, Applied Mathematics Naval Postgraduate School 1976-1978
MS, Operations Research Naval Postgraduate School 1976-1978
MS Equivalent Naval War College, CNC&S 1975-1976
BS, Mathematics United States Naval Academy 1963-1967


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