Retired United States Air Force Colonel Robert Maness is Chief Strategist of WGI. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing corporate strategy across our global network. This includes driving leadership development initiatives, expansion plans for WGI, and other relevant responsibilities. Colonel Maness joined WGI in 2017 as a Member of the Global Advisory Board.
A 32 year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Maness has dedicated his life to public service. During his military service, Colonel Maness led numerous combat operations, including as a bomber squadron commander in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served as an enlisted bomb disposal technician in three assignments countering terrorism before being commissioned and selected for flight training. As a Joint Chiefs of Staff operations officer he was on duty in the National Military Command Center located within the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack. Colonel Maness authored the first theater nuclear war plan and designed decision-making tools for the Presidential nuclear decision handbook strengthening U.S. extended strategic deterrence policy in European and Pacific regions. Colonel Maness also served as the Vice Commander of America's largest Airborne Intelligence Wing conducting strategic and battlefield intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations against America's enemies. He went on to command Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM, the sixth largest U.S. Air Force Base encompassing 53,000 acres and 22,000 employees, housing our nation’s most critical assets.
Colonel Maness graduated Cum Laude at the University of Tampa and holds master's degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the US College of Naval Warfare. He is married to the former Candy Smith. They have five children, including three sons serving in the military (one active US Navy, one a former US Army guardsman, one active US Air Force), and five grandchildren.
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