Rear Admiral Bill Cross, U.S. Navy (Retired) is a graduate of the U.S Naval Academy and served on active duty for 33 years, retiring as a two-star admiral. His Navy career included combat tours in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the Balkans. He had four operational fleet commands, including an F-14 fighter squadron (VF-31), the amphibious assault carrier USS Inchon (LPH-12), the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), and the aircraft carrier battle group Carrier Strike Group Six (CARGRU 6).
He was selected as the Navy's first Program Executive Officer for aircraft carriers where he led the initial design of the new Gerald Ford class of nuclear aircraft carriers. Bill's other assignments included the Naval Air Test Center where he served as a carrier test pilot and Test Pilot School flight instructor, the Naval Air Systems Command as Engineering Manager for F-14 programs, the U.S. Transportation Command as Director of Plans and Policy, and the U.S. European Command as Director of Operations.
Following his retirement from the Navy, Bill worked for 11 years in corporate business as Vice President of Engineering Systems and Navy Business Development for CACI International, Director of Global Defense Sales and Chairman of the Defense Advisory Board for BearingPoint Consulting, and Defense Leader for Deloitte Consulting.
Continuing education has played a significant role in Bill's life. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in St. Louis.
He is a graduate of Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOP GUN), the Naval War College (with highest distinction), the Naval Nuclear Propulsion School, the Navy Test Pilot School, and the Defense Acquisition Management College.
Bill is one of the world's experts in using simulations, spaced learning, and managed competition to get he best results out of people when there often are not any second chances to get it right.