(USA, Retired, USMA 1976)
National security, leader development, organizational change, strategic planning, training management
Frank is a 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has served in operational and command assignments at every level with combat tours in Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He planned and participated in the opening campaigns of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom and commanded all Theater Special Operations forces in the middle-east including OIF and OEF from March 2005 to June 2007. Frank served as the Deputy Combatant Commander for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from 2007-2010 and insured that the 62.000 operators of this command were properly trained and equipped for their global special operation’s missions. Frank oversaw the SOCOM requirements process, the execution of a 9-billion-dollar budget and led the SOCOM Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) team for the 2010 QDR. Frank worked with cabinet level agencies in the U.S. government to plan and coordinated the whole of government efforts to achieve the goals of the Obama Administration’s Counter-Terrorism strategy. Frank retired from the U.S. Army after 35½ years of service. His final active duty assignment was Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center. Most recently, Frank served as the CEO of Draper Laboratories in Cambridge MA from March –October 2020.
Frank is currently a Director on the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories Board of Directors and is on the advisory boards of a number of companies. Frank served as a member of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) to the Secretary of Defense from 2014-2019, and served on the National Defense Panel for the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Frank is a Distinguished Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University and formerly served as a Senior Special Operations Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis as well as a Senior Mentor for the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.
Frank has received various military awards and wrote the U.S. Army War College Strategy Research Project: The Impact of Leaders on Organizational Culture, A 75th Ranger Regiment Case Study. Frank has addressed many audiences on Special Operations organizational requirements and testified to the U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee on “Countering Violent Extremism”. In July of 2021, Frank was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia.
MEd, Student Development, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
BS, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Leadership Quote"There’s power in the art of effective communication. A leader must not only develop an easily understood vision, but he has to communicate it to his team in a way that is understandable to all."
Lieutenant General Frank Kearney
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