Rear Admiral James B. Greene, Jr. USN (Ret.)— Chair of Acquisition at the Naval Postgraduate School since 2003.  Before serving as the Chair of Acquisition, RADM Greene was an independent consultant focusing on defense industry business development strategy and execution (for both the public and private sectors), minimizing life cycle costs through technology applications, alternative financing arrangements for capital-asset procurement, and “red-teaming” corporate proposals for major government procurements.

RADM Greene served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) in the Pentagon from 1991–1995. As Assistant Deputy, he provided oversight, direction and budget development for worldwide U.S. Navy logistics operations. He facilitated depot maintenance, supply chain management, base/station management, environmental programs and logistic advice, and support to the Chief of Naval Operations. Some of his focuses during this time were leading Navy-wide efforts to digitize all technical data (and, therefore, reduce cycle-time) and to develop and implement strategy for procurement of eleven Sealift ships for the rapid deployment forces. He also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) from 1987–1990; as such, he advised and counseled the Under Secretary in directing the DoD procurement process.

From 1984–1987, RADM Greene was the project manager for the AEGIS project. This was the DoD’s largest acquisition project, with an annual budget in excess of $5 billion/year. The project provided oversight and management of research, development, design, production, fleet introduction, and full life cycle support of the entire fleet of AEGIS cruisers, destroyers, and weapons systems through more than 2,500 industry contracts. From 1980–1984, RADM Greene served as director, committee liaison, Office of Legislative Affairs, followed by a tour as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Shipbuilding and Logistics). From 1964–1980, RADM Greene served as a Surface Warfare Officer in various duties, culminating in Command-at-Sea. His assignments included numerous wartime deployments to Vietnam as well as to the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

RADM Greene received a BS in electrical engineering from Brown University in 1964; he earned an MS in electrical engineering and an MS in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1973.

RADM Greene received the 2009 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Achievement in Interdisciplinary Activities for the Naval Postgraduate School's Acquisition Research Program.


Dr. Keith F. Snider—Associate Professor of Public Administration and Management in the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he teaches courses related to defense acquisition management. He also serves as principal investigator for the NPS Acquisition Research Program since 2004.

Snider has a PhD in public administration and public affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an MS in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army for 20 years, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is a former member of the Army Acquisition Corps and a graduate of the Program Manager’s Course at the Defense Systems Management College.

Professor Snider’s recent publications have appeared in American Review of Public Administration, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Journal of Public Procurement, Acquisition Review Quarterly, and Project Management Journal.

Dr. Snider received the 2009 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Achievement in Interdisciplinary Activities. The selection was based on his work in leading and administering the Naval Postgraduate School's Acquisition Research Program.

Karey L. Shaffer— Research Associate and Program Manager, Acquisition Research Program at the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School since June 2012.

Prior to joining NPS, Shaffer served as a program manager at General Dynamics Information Technology since 2003, in support of the Acquisition Research Program at NPS. Prior to that she served as an independent project manager and marketing consultant on various projects. Her experiences as such were focused on creating marketing materials, initiating web development, assembling technical teams, and managing project life cycles, processes, and cost-savings strategies. 

Shaffer has also served as the operations manager for the Montana World Trade Center (MWTC). In this capacity, Shaffer developed operating procedures, policies, and processes in compliance with state and federal grant law. Concurrently, she managed $1.25 million in federal appropriations, developed budgeting systems, and helped secure a $400,000 federal technology grant. As the operations manager, she also launched the MWTC’s Conference site, managed various marketing conferences, and taught student practicum programs and seminars.

Shaffer holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and earned her BA in business administration (with a focus on international business, marketing and management) from the University of Montana. Shaffer lives in Monterey, CA with her husband, and 4 year old son and daughter.