Late last year, after years of solo blogging, I invited Charles Cameron to become a permanent member of Zenpundit.com. That has worked out so well that I am bringing aboard another blogger who, like Charles, can bring his own insights, interests and considerable expertise in aspects of national security affairs to bear here for the enrichment of the blog and enjoyment of the readers.
I would like to formally welcome J. Scott Shipman to Zenpundit.com.
To introduce Scott more fully than the line from previous guest posts…” he is a self-employed consultant, speaker, writer (and now “blogger”), avid reader, autodidact, father, and husband. Scott has a wide variety of interests including; fractal geometry, complexity theory, philosophy, history, management theory, systems theory, cognitive psychology, neurology/neuroeconomics, design theory, literature, international relations, politics, law and legal theory, the ideas of the late Colonel John Boyd, strategy, Calvinist-lite theology, mind maps, geography, fishing for smallmouth bass on the Potomac river, and golf.
Scott is the owner of SHIPMAN Federal Services, Inc., a consulting firm he established in 2004 that specializes in the application of John Boyd’s leadership strategies in the workplace. Scott provides his customers with unique insight on issues of leadership, organizational culture, and strategic planning, using what he calls “an uncommon-common sense approach.”
Previously, Scott served at BAE Systems, which he joined in October 1996. During his years at BAE Systems Scott led the Strategic Planning and Nuclear Safety group, and was integral in the planning of the first two TRIDENT II D5 submarine Backfits. In addition he was Division Head of Integrated Test Programs, with responsibility for shipyard testing and performance analysis of all navy submarine Strategic Weapon Systems, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. Scott was responsible for six other field facilities located adjacent to naval shipyards and naval installations. Scott concluded his service at BAE Systems as Director of Business Development with responsibility for the naval undersea warfare business area. While on active duty, Scott served at sea on the commissioning crew of USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN-735) and in USS VON STEUBEN (SSBN-632), and ashore in various commands. In his final tour of active duty Scott served for five years at the On-Site Inspection Agency an arms control inspector and deputy mission commander enforcing the INF and START treaties. In this capacity, Scott traveled throughout the former Soviet Union and the Republic of Korea in support of international arms control agreements and humanitarian missions.
J. Scott is married to his lovely wife and business partner, Kristen. They have four children, two dogs, and two cats and reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Welcome aboard Scott!