Chet Richards holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Mississippi, where he was commissioned in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He retired with the rank of colonel in the US Air Force Reserve in 1999, serving as the Air Attaché (Reserve) to Saudi Arabia. In his four-decade career, Dr. Richards has worked for or with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed Martin, CACI, the CIA, DIA, and the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. He was Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Quantitative Methods at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta and taught Boyd’s strategic framework in the Executive MBA program in KSU’s Cox Family Enterprise Center. He is also affiliated with, and represented by, the Atlanta public relations firm, J. Addams & Partners.
Dr. Richards was a close associate of the late US Air Force Colonel John R. Boyd, whose pioneering work on agility is reflected in the design of all modern fighter aircraft and forms the underpinning of the US Marine Corps’ doctrine of maneuver warfare. His collaboration with Boyd was described in Robert Coram’s best-selling book, Boyd, the Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. He has continued Boyd’s work through teaching, research, lecturing and consulting on applications ranging from national security to business. Dr. Richards is the author of four books on these subjects, most recently If We Can Keep It on national defense policy and Certain to Win on business strategy. His most recent peer-reviewed publication is “The OODA loop: A new strategic management approach for family business,” with his colleagues at Kennesaw State. He is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and holds Outstanding Graduate ranking from the Air War College.