Ben Strickland is a recognized leader of personnel and project manager for high tempo operations facilitating national security and commerce.

Ben Strickland's Bio:

Commander Ben Strickland, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) is a native of Issaquah, Washington. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and holds an active merchant marine credential as a 200 ton Master and Unlimited tonnage Deck Officer. Ben Strickland attended the U.S. Naval War College graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) and is a qualified Joint Operational Planner.

Ben Strickland served for over 20 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard where he was assigned in a variety of executive leadership positions in mission planning and execution, force training/readiness, homeland security, marine safety, new ship construction, and national defense policy. He has supervised complex independent and multi-unit ship operations from Australia to Alaska’s North Slope, patrolled the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Bering Sea, and the Persian Gulf. An expert in shipboard capabilities and marine operations, Ben Strickland served onboard six Navy and Coast Guard ships, including where he was privileged to command afloat in one of the Coast Guard's most demanding and arduous areas of operation.

Upon retirement from active duty, Ben Strickland accepted a civil service position with the U.S. Maritime Administration as a National Security Specialist where he provided strategic-level advice and guidance concerning contingency planning for the utilization of merchant shipping and port infrastructure in support of U.S. and NATO military operations as well as overseeing response and recovery planning for maritime involvement in continuity of government operations.

Ben Strickland later joined Lockheed Martin where he is currently a Senior Business Development Analyst responsible for the identification, qualification, pursuit, and capture of new business opportunities and customer domains in the domestic and international markets for naval surface combatants. He performs portfolio analysis, conducts customer engagement, and develops business cases that qualify markets and opportunities which aid in the development of long-range business strategies in support of the corporation's goal to be the premier provider of naval combat systems and operational readiness support programs for our nation and allied partners.

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Ben Strickland's enjoys Reading, Politics, History, and Travel. When he is not attempting to play golf and tennis, he often can be found pointificating about the Martime Industry, Coast Guard, Defense Policy, Surface Warfare, Naval Combat Systems, and Naval Strategy.