Ben Strickland CDR, USCG (Ret.)
Maritime Operations, National Security Strategy, and Business Development in Norfolk, Virginia USA
Ben Strickland is a retired senior officer with specialities in maritime operations and national security affairs. A licensed merchant mariner, he is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and is credentialed as a licensed merchant marine officer.
Ben Strickland served over 20 years in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and served worldwide in the full range of Maritime Operations and Marine Safety missions. During his naval service, Ben Strickland was assigned in a variety of executive positions in mission planning and execution, force training and operational readiness, homeland security, merchant marine industry regulatory compliance, new ship construction, and national defense policy. He has managed complex independent and multi-unit operations from the Arctic to Australia, circumnavigated the globe, and patrolled the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Bering Sea. An expert in shipboard operations, Ben Strickland served aboard six different Navy and Coast Guard ships including command of his own cutter in one of the Coast Guard's most arduous (and dangerous) operations areas.
After Ben Strickland's retirement from active duty, he continued his service to the federal government as a civilian National Security Specialist. There he provided advice and guidance concerning the use of merchant shipping and strategic ports in support of U.S. and NATO military operations. Additionally, he was responsible for emergency response operations planning as well as continuity of government programs.
He subsequently moved to the private sector where he serves as an international business development lead for the identification, qualification, pursuit and capture of new business opportunities in the defense and aerospace sectors. As such, he performs portfolio analysis that identifies and qualifies markets and partnerships which aid in the development of long-range strategies for naval surface combatants, including the Aegis combat system, solid state radar sensors, anti-submarine rocket, Vertical Launch Systems, precision strike weapons, and laser guided munitions.