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Admiral Richard Mies is the CEO of The Mies Group, Ltd. and provides strategic planning and risk assessment advice on international security, energy, and defense issues. A distinguished graduate of the Naval Academy, he completed a 35-year career as a nuclear submariner and commanded US Strategic Command prior to retirement. 

Admiral Mies served as a Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation and as the Chief Executive Officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc, a subsidiary of SAIC from 2002-2007. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2004-2010 and as the Chairman of the Boards of the Navy Mutual Aid Association from 2003-2011 and the Naval Submarine League from 2007-2016. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group of US Strategic Command and is a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, the Board of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Board of Directors of BWX Technologies, Exelon, the US Naval Academy Foundation and the US Naval Institute. He also serves on numerous advisory boards. 

Admiral Mies completed post-graduate education at Oxford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Harvard University. He holds a Masters degree in government administration and international relations.