Meet the Guardian Six Team

The Guardian Six team, led by Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) has decades of experience in military service, the defense business world, and academia. In addition, Guardian Six can draw on the expertise of a broad and diverse network of professionals and senior retired military officials to meet the needs of your business or organization. Contact us today to find out how we can work together.


JOHN ADAMS, BRIGADIER GENERAL, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED) - PRESIDENT

John Adams founded Guardian Six following more than thirty years on active duty with the U.S. Army, in a variety of command and staff assignments worldwide, culminating in assignment as Deputy United States Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee from 2005 to 2007. His expertise includes defense policy, strategy, intelligence, civil-military relations, interagency coordination, and aviation. As an Army Foreign Area Officer, intelligence officer, and aviator, he has more than a decade of senior-level political-military experience in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and two assignments in the Pentagon (Army Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense). He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and a former faculty member at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds graduate degrees in International Relations from Boston University, English from the University of Massachusetts, and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

PAULETTE KURZER, Ph.D. - SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT

Paulette Kurzer has a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University (NJ) and is a Professor of Political Science at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her expertise is in the political economy of advanced industrialized countries, with a special focus on Europe.

PETER AUBREY, COLONEL, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED) - SENIOR NATIONAL SECURITY CONSULTANT

Peter W. Aubrey joined Guardian Six after more than 30 years commissioned service. His expertise includes special operations, diplomacy, civil-military relations, interagency coordination, foreign military assistance, training, operational and strategic policy. Colonel Aubrey has served in a variety of staff and command assignments during both peacetime and war, commanding up through brigade level. In addition, he has served multiple tours as a Defense and Army Attaché throughout the African continent as well as serving in senior operational positions in Asia and Europe. His educational accomplishments include graduate degrees in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as Political Science/International Relations and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Florida.

CHRIS BEECROFT - SENIOR NATIONAL SECURITY CONSULTANT

Chris Beecroft has over fifteen years of national security, defense, and foreign policy experience, having worked in government and with international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks. His government service includes eight years in the international policy division of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served as Country Director for the United Kingdom, Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria, among other countries. He also managed Black Sea regional engagement, the Southeast European Defense Ministerial (SEDM) process, and the Warsaw Initiative, a multi-million dollar program which supported cooperation between the U.S. and Central and Eastern European countries. As a result, Mr. Beecroft has extensive U.S. government interagency experience and has helped manage some of the U.S. government's most complex and demanding bilateral defense and security relationships. Mr. Beecroft has a Master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

RON CHEWNING, LIEUTENANT COLONEL, U.S. ARMY (RETIRED) - DEFENSE BUSINESS STRATEGY ADVISOR

Ron Chewning brings to Guardian Six over 20 years of highly successful executive sales management, B2B and direct sales, business development and government programs leadership. He has a vast range of experience with disparate technologies ranging from computer hardware/software and networking, wireless data, cellular telecommunications, power generation and alternative energy, lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems and nano-structured advanced high strength steel. His commercial experience has been with small and medium sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies. And he has the added distinction of having worked in both purely commercial sales and marketing positions and in government sales and business development positions as well.

JOSHUA COHEN - DEFENSE MARKET ADVISOR

Joshua Cohen serves as Guardian Six Defense Market Advisor.

He previously served as managing editor, USNI Military Database, and associate editor for Inside the Navy.

In addition to Guardian Six responsibilities, Josh is owner of Champlain Analytical Partners, LLC, a consulting firm located in Shelburne, Vermont.

Josh manages market research, intelligence studies, and needs analysis for commercial and defense concerns.

He served in the US Marine Corps as an armored vehicle crewman in 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division on an M-60A1 main battle tank.

KEITH A. GRANT, Ph.D. - SENIOR POLITICAL SCIENTIST

Keith A. Grant received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona's School of Government and Public Policy in 2010, prior to spending two years with the Departments of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell University. Dr. Grant's primary research interests lie at the intersection of international security and global governance, where he focuses on how latent, structural features of the international system influence the behavior and security of states. Dr. Grant's most recent scholarship includes the (co-edited) book Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), "Outsourcing Security: Alliance Portfolio Size, Capability, and Reliability," (forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly), and "Intervention in Conflicts from a Network Perspective," (forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science).

JANNE E. NOLAN, Ph. D. - SENIOR ADVISOR

Janne E. Nolan is a member of the international affairs faculty at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies. She has held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; project director and research faculty at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Senior International Security Consultant at Science Applications International Corporation. Dr. Nolan’s public service includes positions as a technology trade and arms control specialist in the Department of State, as senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as the defense advisor to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. Author of seven books, Dr. Nolan’s work includes: Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy, Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third World, and An Elusive Consensus. Dr. Nolan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on International Security (second appointed term), the Aspen Strategy Group (Distinguished Emeritus), and the Cosmos Club.

BOB NUGENT, COMMANDER, U.S. NAVY (RETIRED) - SENIOR DEFENSE BUSINESS STRATEGY ADVISOR

Bob Nugent is a Senior Defense Business Strategy Advisor to Guardian Six. Bob consults on defense, naval, maritime, C4/ISR, aerospace, and unmanned systems markets. His skill sets include strategic planning; competitive assessment; business development and capture; defense systems, tactics, and platform analysis; and market and risk research.

Bob’s 22 year career as a naval intelligence officer included duty on the U.S. Navy staff in London, Assistant Naval Attache at the US Embassy in Moscow, operational billets afloat with aviation and expeditionary units as well as analytic and watch officer assignments in Hawaii, South Korea, and Japan. His last Navy position was as Director of Command and Control programs overseeing Navy C4ISR procurements for the Navy acquisition staff in the Pentagon. Bob earned undergraduate degrees at New Mexico State University and attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Defense Language Institute. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in 2004 and received an M.B.A with honors from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2007