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Rear Admiral Richard A. Buchanan, U.S. Navy (Retired) serves as the Chief, Strategic Planner for the Veterans Experience Office leading the Planning Team developing the Operational and Strategic Plan for the office. Previously he served as the Relationship Manager for Florida. In that capacity, Buchanan directed and oversaw the daily activities of a team responsible for building relationships with the VA Medical Centers, Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office and VA National Cemeteries in Florida as well as with the Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, local Veteran Service Organization leaders, and other public and private individuals and organizations supporting Veterans in Florida. He emphasized improving Veterans experience at VA facilities in Florida; helping Veterans access their benefits and services; working with local Community Veterans Engagement Boards (CVEBs); establishing new CVEBs; and looking for opportunities to improve the lives of the nearly 1.6 million Veterans who live in Florida.
Before assuming his current duties, Buchanan served for five years in the Department of Veterans Affairs as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Director of Strategic Planning, for the Veterans Benefits Administration. In that leadership position, he was responsible for supporting senior VBA leaders, including the Under Secretary of Benefits, in developing strategic and operational plans and annual budgets.
Admiral Buchanan served over 30 years on active duty in the United States Navy. He was trained as a nuclear submarine officer and had extensive operational experience in both nuclear attack and ballistic missile submarines. His key military assignments include Commanding Officer, USS PARCHE SSN 683; Executive Assistant to the Commander United States Pacific Command; Commander Submarine Force Seventh Fleet and Commander Task Force 74. Following selection as a Flag Officer, Buchanan served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff as Chief, Strategic Submarine and Maintenance Division; Commander Submarine Group TWO and Director Operations and Logistics at United States Strategic Command. Following retirement from the Navy, Buchanan’s work experience included Vice President of Corporate Services at First National Bank of Omaha; Area Program Manager for Navy Marine Corps Intranet with EDS; Vice President Integrated Undersea Systems for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems; and President of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington DC.
Buchanan is a member of the Military Officers Association of America; Navy League of the United States; Naval Institute; Association of the United States Navy; Naval Submarine League; Surface Navy Association; Naval War College Foundation; and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Athletic and Scholarship Foundation.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE. He also attended the Senior Executive Program in National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Buchanan and his wife Amy have a son TR who is a Captain in the Navy serving in the Pentagon as Executive Assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff and a son Michael, a mortgage broker, who lives in Palmetto, FL. They have two grandchildren Brian and Anita living in Alexandria, VA.
Bjørn Jalving graduated as M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1991. He started at FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, in 1992 on development of autonomous underwater vehicles. Jalving developed the HUGIN AUV control and mission management system and was responsible for the team that developed the aided inertial navigation system. He was heavily involved in AUV system design, as well as applying and verifying use of AUVs in new applications as detailed seabed mapping, naval mine hunting (MCM) and marine research.
In 2006, Jalving started at Kongsberg Maritime and, in 2007, he became Vice President of the AUV Department. Bjørn was involved in the Kongsberg acquisition of Hydroid. Since 2012, Jalving has been Executive Vice President of the Subsea Division in Kongsberg. Subsea comprises the Kongsberg Maritime activities in marine robotics and underwater sensor systems.
During his 14 years at FFI, including moving to the position as Principal Scientist, Jalving published and co-authored more than 30 publications. In 2014 he received the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society for his long career and achievements within AUV technology at the OCEANS 2014 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John ‘s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Rear Admiral Ryan was raised in Yonkers, N.Y. and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1973.
A career submariner, he served his division officer tour on USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN 635) (GOLD), Engineer on USS Tullibee (SSN 597), Navigator and Operations officer on USS Groton (SSN 694), and Executive Officer on USS Boston (SSN 703).
Ryan commanded USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) from 1989 to 1992, completing three major deployments, including participation in Operation Desert Storm. During his command tour, USS Philadelphia was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Battle Efficiency "E" and the Golden Anchor Award.
His shore tours included Naval Postgraduate School, Defense Language Institute, the Secretary of the Navy’s staff, multiple tours on the Navy Staff, and assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff.
Ryan also commanded the submarine tender USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36). In August 2000, Ryan assumed his first flag assignment as Director, Warfare Programs and Readiness (N8) on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In February 2002, he assumed command of Mine Warfare Command in Corpus Christi, TX, where he was responsible for the deployment of mine warfare forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan retired from the Navy in December 2003.
Ryan is now serving as a senior executive in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). He is responsible for leading the implementation and sustainment of capabilities that reduce the risk of radiological and nuclear terrorism within the United States. In support of this mission, Ryan provides oversight of training, exercises, outreach, and technical support related to preventive nuclear detection programs. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security Studies at Tiffin University.
Dr. Swean retired from U.S. Government service in January, 2015. In addition to his service as Outside Director and member of the Government Security Committee, he serves on the Board of Directors of the NRL Federal Credit Union and as a member of the International Coordinating Committee for Autonomous Marine Vehicles Student Competitions, and as judge for several international student competitions.
Dr. Swean joined the Office of Naval Research in March 1993 as Science Officer for the Ocean Technology Program. In 1996, he became Team Leader for the Ocean Engineering and Marine Systems Team, and in 2005 he assumed the duties of Team Leader for the Maritime Mine Warfare Team and as such led the Organic Mine Countermeasures Future Naval Capability Program until his retirement on 3 January, 2015. His work at ONR focused on developing AUV systems and component technologies for applications to mine warfare, explosive ordnance disposal, naval special warfare, and ocean science research. Collateral duties at ONR included activities as National Leader to The Technical Cooperation Program, Technical Panel-13 (Mine Warfare) , Head of the U.S. Delegation to NATO Maritime Capability Group /3 (Mine Warfare and Port Security) and Member at Large to the NATO STO Systems, Concepts and Integration Panel. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1999 and was named ONR Future Naval Capability Manager of the Year in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded the Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Naval Technology Achievement and in 2014 he was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award.
Swean started his career in 1976 as a Research Scientist for the STD Research Corporation, Arcadia, California addressing applications of magneto hydrodynamics to commercial and military power generation devices. While at STD he was a Principal Investigator on ONR and DOE contracts to develop pulsed power for space borne applications.
He joined federal service in 1981 as a Research Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. During his tenure at NRL he was Principal Investigator of the Fluid Dynamics Task Area, Head of the Fluid Physics Section of the Remote Sensing Division, and Head of the Center for Hydrodynamic Developments in the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics. During this time Swean led a group of 15 scientists and engineers in fundamental and applied studies of turbulent flow physics and modeling of free surface hydrodynamic signatures.
Swean attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Thermal Engineering in 1970. He then entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, earning a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1972 and a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in 1976. His graduate research at VPI was in the areas of hypersonic flows, spacecraft re-entry dynamics and turbulent wake physics. While at VPI he was named NSF Exchange Fellow and spent two years at the Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Bucharest, Romania. Swean is the author of 67 scientific and technical publications.
From 1963 to 1965 he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and continued in the USMC Reserves from 1966 to 1970.