Rear Admiral Thomas Richards (Ret), until 1999, held the esteemed post of Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, overseeing all U.S. Navy SEAL Teams and Special Boat Units.
The position was responsible for the provision of trained Special Operations Forces to theaters globally and command of five thousand personnel with an annual budget, submitted to the Department of Defense
, in excess of $550 million dollars.With the unique status of Special Operations Command, budgetary submissions were inclusive of programs, personnel, training and operating fund requirements as well as supporting policy for the six-year federal budget submission, shaping Naval Special Warfare
to meet both its current and future demands.
RA Richards' varieties of assignments, all focusing on Special Operations, have covered a spectrum of specialties from Program Management to that of the appointment as Chief of the Naval Operations'
Strategic Study Group.Significant posts to which he's
been designated include command of Special Boat Unit THIRTEEN, SEAL Team ONE, the Naval Special Warfare Center
, Special Operations Command, U.S. Commander in Chief of Atlantic Command, concluding with command of all Naval Special Warfare forces in the United States Navy
and Special Operations Command.During his
illustrious career, Richards
led Navy, Joint, as well as multi-national forces in combat operations in Vietnam, El Salvador, the Persian Gulf and Haiti.
Major General James Pfautz (Ret) most recently served as deputy assistant in the USAF
Office of the Chief of Staff and Intelligence, during the Reagan
administration.He was selected in 1974 to be the senior Military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and further assigned to the Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives at Air Force headquarters.