STEPHEN T. GANYARD
Stephen T. Ganyard is President of Avascent International. His civilian and military career includes experience in a variety of high-level leadership, managerial and staff positions dealing with large organizations, complex technologies, strategic planning, foreign policy, intelligence, aerospace, homeland security and operations around the world.
Mr. Ganyard served most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In this position he was responsible for a budget of more than $5 billion related to global political-military programs, strategic political-military planning, peacekeeping operations and cross-cutting political-military policy issues. His duties also included the overall management and guidance of US Government security assistance programs, policies and budgets, as well as serving as the primary interface between the Departments of State and Defense on operational matters, and overseeing the policies and management of programs concerned with the mitigation and destruction of illicit conventional weapons and landmines. He was awarded a Department of State Superior Honor Award for his service.
Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Counselor, Department of State, a position requiring management of a foreign policy portfolio that included the broader Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, counter-terrorism, East Asia, maritime piracy and foreign assistance. While on active military duty he served as Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and worked in the J-8/ Joint Chiefs of Staff office on missile defense issues.
A Marine Corps fighter pilot, Mr. Ganyard received two decorations for combat valor. He held command positions at both the Squadron and Air Group level, amassing more than 4,200 flight hours in twelve different types of tactical aircraft.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Mr. Ganyard has published articles and OpEds in The New York Times and other publications and professional journals. He also serves as a consultant to the Institute for Defense Analyses, and as an on-air contributor for ABC News for political-military and aviation issues.