Rear Adm. Richard A. Buchanan, USN (Ret) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in naval engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as well as a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb. He attended the Senior Executive Program in National Security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Over the course of his 30-plus years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Buchanan served as the Commanding Officer of USS PARCHE (SSN-683); Executive Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command; and as Commander of Submarine Force 7th Fleet, Commander Task Force 74, and Commander Submarine Group 7. In flag officer assignments, he served as Chief, Strategic Submarine and Maintenance Division (OPNAV N871); Commander, Submarine Group Two; and Director, Operations and Logistics, U.S. Strategic Command.
Private sector roles include Director Strategic Planning, for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA); Vice President Corporate Services for First National Bank of Omaha; Area Program Manager with EDS for Navy Marine Corps Intranet; Vice President of Integrated Undersea Systems for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems; President of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.; and President of the Gettysburg Foundation.
Buchanan also serves as an Outside Director and Chairman of the Government Security Committee for Hydroid Inc. of Pocasset, Mass, as well as an Outside Director for Wartsila Defense Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. He is on the Advisory Council of ThanksUSA, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to military spouses and children. He is also a Trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Program.