Keith Kruse serves as Halfaker’s Chief Operating Officer and is an experienced and accomplished executive, bringing over fourteen years of operational and program management experience within the national and homeland security industry to the company. Keith served most recently as Chief Operating Officer for CRA, Inc. where he directed the day-to-day operational activities of the company’s corporate, regional offices and individual business units. Prior to joining CRA, Keith completed an eleven-year tenure at DFI International and Detica Federal, Inc. In addition to overseeing day-to-day business operations, Keith was charged with developing and implementing critical business processes and management systems to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy, culminating in the successful acquisition of DFI by Detica Group, plc, a UK-based business and technology consultancy in 2007. Subsequent to DFI’s acquisition, he led the integration of financial and operational systems with Detica until his departure.
While at DFI, Keith also served as the Program Manager and lead business developer for all of DFI’s clients in the Armed Services and continued to serve as the Program Manager for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies until Spring of 2007. As the principal investigator for a number of studies specializing in strategic planning, organization management, and force structure modernization issues, he directed projects for the US Air Force Strategic Planning Directorate, US Navy Quadrennial Defense Review Office, US Coast Guard Deepwater Project. He also worked extensively on documenting force structure modernization issues, including weapon system development and procurement, military space capabilities, naval and aerospace weapons systems, and military readiness and training postures. Keith also directed a comprehensive analysis of military space management and organization for the US Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization, chaired by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The findings of this effort were incorporated into the Commission's final report.
Keith served nearly fourteen years as an officer in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. While on active duty, he served as a Naval Flight Officer aboard the Navy's P-3 maritime patrol aircraft completing deployments to the Mediterranean theater and to the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm. His last assignment on active duty was as congressional director on the personal staff for the Secretary of the Navy, where he provided executive-level liaison with members of Congress, their staffs, and other government agencies. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Keith holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a MA in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.