Learn from the Best and Brightest
Our faculty live, work, and consult in the Washington, D.C., area and draw on their real-world national security and government contracting experience to enrich classroom instruction—partnering with business leaders and bringing relevant research and new insights into the classroom. In addition to teaching, they serve as your mentors and are involved in every aspect of your educational program.
Classroom discussions, team projects, business simulations, business case analyses, executive coaching, and a D.C. residency are used to illuminate learning from reading and lectures.
Meet some of our EMBA in National Security professors:
John Cotton is a retired vice admiral, naval aviator, and third generation pilot. Currently, John works as defense and security consultant and serves as a member of the Secretary of Defense Reserve Forces Policy Board, a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College, and as an Emeritus Volunteer Trustee at the Vinson Hall Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Ed Douthett teaches managerial and cost accounting in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. He holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Georgia.
The Honorable John Hillen has served the country as an Assistant Secretary of State for military exports and decorated combat veteran. Currently, John works as a highly accomplished CEO and business leader in the government contracting and national security space. He teaches courses in leadership, strategy, international business strategy, and the general government contracting industry. John is the author of several leadership books, his most recently published book is, What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself As A Leader Before Your Business Outruns You. John holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Claus Langfred is the Director of the Executive MBA in National Security program. Before moving to the United States, Claus served as an infantry platoon commander in Europe. Currently, he teaches courses on the complex relationships between team design, dynamics, and performance. Claus holds a PhD in Organization Behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
Craig Reed is an adjunct professor with over 35 years of experience in government contracting, U.S. government policymaking/implementation and management consulting. He has held various leadership roles which he anticipated policy and market trends and their business implications. Craig holds a PhD in Public Policy and National Security Studies from George Washington University.
Tiago Requeijo teaches courses in managerial economics, risk management, and portfolio management. Before joining George Mason University, Tiago spent two years with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an Economic Fellow in the Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation, where he focused on quantitative risk assessment for broker-dealers and worked on rules connected to the Dodd-Frank Act. Tiago holds a PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University.
Our advisory board consists of industry experts and alumni who help the program in a number of ways, including design and recruiting. Meet some of our advisory board members:
Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting
Jerry McGinn has over 28 years of experience in national and international security affairs in defense industry, government, think tanks, and the military to this role. He is responsible for establishing the first of its kind center for research, teaching, and collaboration on the issues facing the Government Contracting (GovCon) community at George Mason University. Jerry works closely with faculty and students, as well as industry and government stakeholders, on this important effort.
Dennis KellyAdjunct Professor
Dennis Kelly is a Navy Veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the government contracting industry. Dennis began his career as a Systems Engineer developing software solutions to support tactical decision aids for the US Navy. As an adjunct professor for the Executive MBA program, Dennis teaches national security business growth strategies.
James A. "Mouse" NeumeisterAlumnus
James Neumeister is a former Air Force aviator, who also worked in the Space part of the Air Force as well. James has worked in Homeland Security for many years, including in the Coast Guard, and is currently Deputy Executive Director, Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (an SES-level post). He is an alumnus of George Mason University's EMBA program.
Anne-Marie Adams is a civilian employee at the Pentagon, who currently works as an Operations Research Analyst for the Marine Corps. Prior to her work for the Marine Corps, Anne-Marie worked for the Army. She is an alumna of George Mason University's EMBA program