CDR Ben Strickland, USCG (Retired)

Ben Strickland's Bio:

Ben Strickland, is a retired Coast Guard Commander and a native of Issaquah, Washington. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and holds an active merchant marine license 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, and Bering Sea as well as Hawaii, Singapore, Japan, Africa, Central America, and the Persian Gulf. An expert in shipboard operations management, Ben Strickland served onboard six Navy and Coast Guard ships, including where he was privileged to command his own cutter 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 in the federal government 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 to support U.S. and NATO military operations as well as overseeing response and recovery planning for maritime involvement in continuity of government operations. 

Ben Strickland now works as corporate analyst in the defense industry where he is responsible for the identification, qualification, pursuit and capture of new business opportunities and customer domains for the Aegis combat system and Ballistic Missile Defense programs.

Ben Strickland's Experience:

  • Business Development Manager at Lockheed Martin

  • National Security Specialist at U.S. Maritime Administration

  • Surface Operations Officer and Marine Safety Professional at U.S. Coast Guard

  • Surface Warfare Officer at U.S. Navy

Ben Strickland's Education:

  • Maine Maritime Academy

    B.S.
    Concentration: Nautical Science
  • U.S. Naval War College

    M.A.
    Concentration: National Security and Strategic Studies
    Activities: Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (qualified Joint Operational Planner)

Ben Strickland's Interests & Activities:

Politics, History, Travel, Maritime Affairs, Shipping, Defense Policy, Strategy.