Keith Kruse has over fifteen years of experience as a small business executive with both operational and program management expertise within the national and homeland security industry. Keith served most recently as Halfaker’s Chief Operating Officer, but has also served as the executive in charge of operations for two other small and rapidly growing businesses specializing in providing professional and information technology services to federal government customers. He currently serves as a consultant and senior advisor providing senior-level management, policy, and operational support to small business and government clients.
In addition to Keith’s operational expertise, he also has substantial program management experience and served 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, and 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.