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Bill McCarthy (USN, ret.), RADM

Bill McCarthy (USN, ret.), RADM

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Rear Admiral (retired) Bill McCarthy spent over 37 years in military and government service. His Navy career began flying the E-2C Hawkeye and included combat operations in Operation Desert Storm. He later served as the Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

As a flag officer, McCarthy served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT, with additional responsibility as Commander, Task Force FIFTY, while conducting operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. A U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate, his duties ashore included the Joint Staff and various test and acquisition assignments culminating in command of the Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Force. His service was recognized with the award of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Following active service, McCarthy served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Deputy Assistant Secretary level as Deputy Director (OT&E), Net-centric and Space Systems/Missile Defense. In June 2013, he completed his career as a senior executive with the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia.

McCarthy has served as an adjunct professor of public administration and procurement at Old Dominion University. In addition to serving as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Robertson School of Government, he is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Leadership & American Studies at Christopher Newport University.

McCarthy is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Pi Alpha Alpha honor societies. His current research entails a comparative study of the National Security Council decision-making models of the Eisenhower and G.W. Bush administrations.