William Houley

LTJG onboard 1960-1962

Mr. Houley is a retired two-star Navy Admiral who is presently Special Assistant to the
President of Operational Research Consultants, Inc.,
a small business firm specializing in Information Assurance.

Mr. Houley graduated from Phillips Academy (Andover) and the United States Naval Academy. He began his naval career in a destroyer, then shifted to diesel electric submarines, then to nuclear-powered submarines. He was an engineer and completed Admiral Rickover's nuclear power program, qualified as Engineer of a nuclear-powered submarine, qualified for command at sea, graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, was designated a Joint Service Officer and, separately, an Acquisition Professional, and attended the Harvard University Senior Management Course.

As a Commander, Mr. Houley commanded the nuclear attack submarine, USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN680)
at the height of the Cold War from 1975 to 1978.

As a Captain, he commanded the U.S. Navy Submarine School at Groton, CT.

As a Rear Admiral, he commanded Submarine Group TWO,
including 39 submarine crews and coordination of naval matters in a six-state area.

Mr. Houley's shore assignments were mostly in Washington, DC, and involved
responsibilities in personnel policy and management; acquisition; training and education; arms control; financial management; research and development, including coordination and management of international programs; and test and evaluation.

Mr. Houley retired from the Navy in November 1994.
His principal awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, eight awards of the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and two awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The unit commendations were all awarded when Admiral Houley was in command.

Mr. Houley subsequently joined Lockheed Martin Corporation (then Martin Marietta) and was assigned to the Ocean, Radar & Sensor Systems Division in Syracuse, NY, then to Lockheed Martin Federal Systems in Manassas, VA.
At both sites, Mr. Houley managed International Naval Programs.

In March 1998, Mr. Houley was asked by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen to return to Government Service as the first Director, Defense Reform, an initiative launched by the Secretary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the support provided to our warfighters and the business practices of the DoD.

After leaving this post, Mr. Houley joined ORC in September 2000
where he advises the President on business development and strategic objectives.

Mr. Houley married Judy Walsh Houley in December 1962.
The Houleys have five children and ten grandchildren.

They live in McLean, VA.