Rich Brady

Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Military Comptrollers


Mr. Brady, CDFM, CGFM, CMA, is CEO of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC).  ASMC is a global organization representing more than 14,000 finance and accounting professionals in the public and private sectors of the defense/aerospace industry. 

Mr. Brady joined ASMC after serving 32 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel in 2021.  In his time in the Marine Corps, he served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the United States and overseas, including a combat tour in Iraq, multiple tours in the Pentagon, and as an accredited diplomat in the country of Georgia.  As a financial management officer, he served as the Commander/Director of the Marine Corps Financial Management School and as the G8/CFO of Marine Corps Installations Command.  His last assignment was as the Commander of the United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) where he was responsible for the accessions of over 250,000 men and women into all branches of the Armed Forces annually. 

Mr. Brady serves on a variety of external boards, including the Global Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Board of Governors of the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society, a founding member of the DC Metro Chapter of the Private Directors Association, and the Board of Advisors of ACERTD Media, an early-stage start-up in the gig economy.  

Mr. Brady holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Saint Louis University, a Master of Science in Finance from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Science in Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.  His military awards and decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service medals and ribbons. 

Mr. Jonathan Burks


Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution (PPEBE) Reform


Mr. Jonathan Burks was appointed by the Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House of Representatives, as a Commissioner on the PPBE Reform. 

Mr. Burks is Vice President for global public policy at Walmart, where he leads the global retailer’s efforts to analyze and develop positions on pressing public policy issues. In August 2022, the Senate confirmed Burks to serve on the Board of Directors of the US Institute of Peace.

Prior to joining Walmart, Mr. Burks was a partner at the Brunswick Group, the global critical issues consultancy, where he was the co-lead for the U.S. public affairs office.

Before moving to the private sector, Mr. Burks spent nearly two decades in public service culminating in his service as the chief of staff to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, acting as the Speaker’s principal adviser on policy, strategy, and management. His prior positions include advisor on budget and appropriations to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, policy director of the House Budget Committee with a focus on defense budgeting, director of legislative affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission, senior advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, and policy advisor in the transition office for the Director of National Intelligence.

Early in Mr. Burks career, he served four years at the White House, working first for Vice President Cheney and then for President Bush in a variety of positions, including as the Vice President’s staff secretary, associate staff secretary to the President, and special assistant to the President for policy in the Chief of Staff’s office.

During a leave of absence from government service, Burks was the deputy policy director on the 2012 Romney for President campaign.

Mr. Burks holds a Master of Arts from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University.

The Honorable Robert Hale

Commission Chair,

Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution (PPEBE) Reform


The Honorable Robert Hale was appointed by the Honorable Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to Chair the Commission on PPBE Reform. 

Mr. Hale is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provides international consulting on financial management issues.

Most recently, Mr. Hale served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Defense, where he managed a $600 billion budget in wartime and oversaw efforts by the Department to minimize the problems caused by the 2013 sequestration and government shutdown. Mr. Hale made significant improvements in defense financial management, making tangible progress toward auditable financial statements, and establishing a course-based certification program for defense financial managers.

Previously, Mr. Hale also served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), managing the Department’s budgets and spearheading efforts to create a test-based certification program. Mr. Hale served as a Commissioner on the National Commission on the Future of the Army and is a past member of the Defense Business Board. Mr. Hale spent 12 years as head of the defense group at the Congressional Budget Office. He was also the Executive Director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and held analytic and management positions at LMI government consulting and the Center for Naval Analyses. Early in Mr. Hale’s career, he served as a Navy officer. Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics and a Master of Science in operations research from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.

Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Matthew Lake

Assistant Commandant for Resources & Chief Financial Officer U.S. Coast Guard


RDML Matthew Lake currently serves as the Assistant Commandant for Resources (CG-8) and the Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard.  In this capacity, he is responsible for all budgetary, financial and resource management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Coast Guard.  As a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Coast Guard is comprised of a nearly 60,000-member active duty, reserve and civil service workforce with an annual budget of $12 billion.


RDML Lake has had a mix of Coast Guard operational and field support assignments. These included service on Coast Guard Cutters MIDGETT and NORTHLAND, Sector St. Petersburg Logistics Department Head, and as the Surface Forces Logistics Center’s first Product Line Engineering Chief. RDML Lake also served as the Coast Guard Yard's Industrial Manager, where he was responsible for shipyard operations, and later as the Commanding Officer. The Coast Guard Yard is the largest industrial facility in DHS and the Coast Guard’s only public shipyard.


In addition to operational and field support assignments, RDML Lake served as Deputy of the Coast Guard’s Office of Budget and Programs, where he oversaw formulation and defense of the Coast Guard’s annual budget with DHS, the Administration, and Congress. He later served under the DHS Chief Financial Officer, coordinating formulation and justification of DHS’ $65 billion President’s Budget Request to Congress. RDML Lake also served as the Assistant Program Executive Officer for Surface Acquisitions, where he led the Service’s cutter and boat construction and renovation programs at shipyards throughout the United States, valued at over $30 billion. Most recently, he served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support. The 17,000-person Mission Support organization delivers the systems and people in support of the Coast Guard’s diverse mission sets through oversight of all human capital, naval, aeronautical and civil engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology, and security.


RDML Lake earned a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1995. He earned Master of Science degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering in 1999 from the University of Michigan. He was selected as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Fellow, and earned a Master of Business Administration from MIT in 2016. Captain Lake is a Certified Government Financial Manager and Senior Acquisition Program Manager.


RDML Lake has been awarded the 2018 General Tuttle Award for Business Acumen in Defense and Government, the 2010 American Society of Naval Engineers Perry Award, the 2007 Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Award, and was awarded by the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2013 for outstanding performance of duty.


The Honorable Peter Levine


Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution (PPEBE) Reform

The Honorable Peter Levine was appointed by the Honorable Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense, as a Commissioner on the PPBE Reform. 

Mr.  Levine is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where he works on defense management, organizational reform, human resources management, and acquisition policy issues.  Mr. Levine is the author of Defense Management Reform: How to Make the Pentagon Work Better and Cost Less (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Recently, Mr. Levine served as a panel member for the National Academy for Public Administration Report on the Office of Personnel Management, a panel member for a National Academy of Sciences study on the acquisition workforce, and a co-chair of the Independent Panel to Assess EMS Organizational Alternatives. From April 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Levine served as Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this capacity, he was the principal assistant and advisor to the Secretary on military and civilian personnel policy and management. Mr. Levine also served as the Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO) of the Department of Defense, acting as the senior advisor to the Secretary on business transformation. He led the Secretary’s review of the Goldwater- Nichols Act and the Department’s efforts to achieve greater efficiency in management, headquarters, and overhead functions.

Prior to Mr. Levine’s appointment as the DCMO, Levine served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee from August 1996 to February 2015, including two years as Staff Director, eight years as General Counsel, and eight years as minority counsel, where he was responsible for providing legal advice on legislation and nominations, and advised on acquisition policy, civilian personnel policy and defense management issues affecting the Department of Defense. Mr. Levine also served as counsel to Senator Carl Levin of Michigan and as counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight of Governmental Management of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.

Mr. Levine holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School

Mr. Gregory B. Little
Director, Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office, Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer,

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

Mr. Gregory Little serves as the Director of the Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office (CDTO) for the Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (ODCFO), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (OUSD(C)), which he joined in 2015. He is responsible for the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Management Data Strategy and deploying a big-data repository to transform the use of DoD business data into decisions and actions.

Mr. Little was the team lead for the Business Integration Office within the ODCFO prior to his promotion to the Senior Executive Service. In that position, he successfully led development of the DoD Financial Management Functional Strategy, defined the first DoD Financial Management data analytics vision and strategy for the DoD, and led a team of subject matter experts and technologists to develop the Notice of Findings and Recommendations database to support the DoD’s audit remediation strategy.

                Before joining the OUSD(C), Mr. Little served five years as the solution architect for the Defense Agencies Initiative (an Oracle enterprise resource planning system). In this position, he was responsible for implementing a single standard financial management system for the Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities. Mr. Little successfully led the largest Oracle ERP Release 12 Technical Upgrade in North America.  

                Mr. Little is a graduate of Bates College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and studied abroad at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

LtGen Christopher (CJ) Mahoney

Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources

United States Marine Corps


LtGen Mahoney serves as Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, Headquarters Marine Corps. His General Officer duties include a posting as the Deputy Commander of Marine Forces Pacific, the Director of Strategy and Plans at Headquarters Marine Corps, Deputy Commander, United States Forces, Japan, and as the Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

LtGen Mahoney has commanded twice at the squadron level and the Group Level. He has served on Joint duty with the Joint IED Defeat Organization at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, as the Chief of Staff and has served on the Headquarters Marine Corps Staff as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources.

After flight training in Florida and Texas and his qualification as an A6-E Intruder pilot, LtGen Mahoney deployed to the Indo-Pacific with VMA (AW)-224, The Bengals.  He completed transition training to the F-18 at El Toro and made multiple deployments with VMFA (AW)-224 and VMFA-122 to the Indo-Pacific, Italy, and Iraq, flying out of MCAS Beaufort, SC, and MCAS Miramar, CA. Additionally, LtGen Mahoney served a tour as an instructor at the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 (MAWTS-1) at MCAS Yuma, AZ.

LtGen Mahoney is a graduate of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), the Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC), and the Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He is a qualified Forward Air Controller and parachutist. He attended the Australian Command and Staff College and the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base. He holds a Master’s Degree from both the University of Canberra in Australia and the Air University with the highest academic distinction. Lieutenant General Mahoney has over 5000 hours of flight time, in the A-6, F-5, F-18, and the F-35.

LtGen Mahoney graduated from Holy Cross in June 1987. He completed The Basic School (TBS) and the Infantry Officer's Course (IOC), at Quantico, VA, graduating in March 1988.

The Honorable Michael J. McCord

Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer

The Honorable Mike McCord was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 1, 2021. He is the first person to be confirmed twice for this position.

Immediately prior to his confirmation he served as the Director, Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service, as an adjunct researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aerospace Corporation. In 2017, he was appointed to the congressionally mandated Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, which released its report Providing for the Common Defense in November 2018.

From January 2009 through January 2017 he served at the U.S. Department of Defense as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and before that as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for each of these positions. In these roles he advised Secretaries of Defense Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter on all budgetary and financial matters and was responsible for development and execution of annual defense budgets in excess of $550 billion.

Prior to his service at the Department of Defense, Mr. McCord served for 24 years in the legislative branch, including 21 years as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) for former Senators and Chairmen Sam Nunn and Carl Levin. As a member of the Senate staff, his primary focus was on budget, fiscal policy, and military readiness and installation issues. Mr. McCord also served on the staff of the House Budget Committee as an analyst on defense and veterans programs, and as a cost analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

Mr. McCord has a B.A. with honors in Economics from the Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

The Honorable Caral E. Spangler

Assistant Secretary of the Army,

Financial Management and Comptroller


The Honorable Caral E. Spangler was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) on August 17, 2021, and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army on all matters related to Financial Management and Comptrollership. In this role, she is responsible for resourcing America’s Army through policies and activities, including budget formulation and execution, disbursement, and audit-compliant financial statements.

Ms. Spangler has over 39 years of government service, serving as a career member of the Senior Executive Service in every military service and the Pentagon comptroller's office. Prior to her current role, she served with the US Marine Corps (USMC) as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Program and Resources, responsible for advising the Commandant, Assistant Commandant, and Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources on budget, financial operations, and financial audit issues impacting the Marine Corps with oversight of Marine Corps' Budget and Execution Division, Fiscal Division, and the Technology Services Organization.
Ms. Spangler served as the Principal Deputy ASA(FMC), Office of the ASA(FMC), Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where she advised the Assistant Secretary and the Army leadership on matters relating to Army finance, accounting, financial systems, financial management workforce development, and cost and economic activities.

Prior to serving with the Army, Ms. Spangler was the Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulation and execution of appropriations totaling more than $160 billion annually. She led a staff of civilian and military financial managers to develop, defend and execute funding to support military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Air Force.
Ms. Spangler was the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Resources (USMC), also known as the Fiscal Director. As such, she was responsible for the formulation and execution of the Marine Corps' $31B budget and for financial systems, accounting, and improvement. She was the community leader for the USMC financial management community and held positions of increasing responsibility within the Navy and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) in budget formulation, program integration, and resource management.

Ms. Spangler has a Master’s in Public Administration from Syracuse University, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Michigan State University.

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