Dr. Jeffrey (Jeb) Nadaner
Dr. Jeffrey (Jeb) Nadaner is the new Donald L. Bren Chair of Creative Problem Solving and Director of the Brute Krulak Center for Applied Creativity at the Marine Corps University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Yale University department of history with a focus on strategy.
He possesses a record of creativity and innovation in commerce and industry, and in federal service. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations. On awarding Jeb the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, Dr. Gates declared: “Put simply, Jeb has been one of this Department’s most consequential leaders and thinkers over the past four years.” During Secretary of State Colin Powell’s tenure at the State Department, Jeb served as a Member of his Policy Planning Staff and his Senior Speechwriter.
At Lockheed Martin, he led advanced technology research and development portfolios and restructuring programs as Vice President of Engineering & Technology, and before that was Director of Business Development and Strategy. Earlier he founded the successful consumer goods start-up Straight Trading. Duke University awarded him his B.A. and the University of Pennsylvania his J.D. His honors include being selected at Yale as the Olin Foundation Fellow in Diplomatic and Military History.