Colonel Randy Gangle possesses over thirty years of executive level management experience in addition to hands-on expertise in concept development, experimentation, and wargaming design and execution.

Col. Gangle previously served as the senior advisor to experimental operations at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) in Quantico, Va., a position he held since its inception in August 1995. In this role, he developed and experimented with a variety of operational concepts for the extended, dispersed, and urban battlespaces. Focusing his attention on the urban battlespace for his last three years at MCWL with Project Metropolis, he and his team completely revamped urban training for the U.S. Marine Corps and updated and revised urban warfare doctrine.

Following completion of Project Metropolis, Colonel Gangle was asked by the Commanding General, MCWL to serve as the Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO), the Marine Corps’ premier “think tank.” Under his guidance, CETO developed concepts such as Distributed Operations, and assessments including “Flashpoints,” and the African Engagement Strategy.

Col. Gangle's active duty service includes thirty years as a Marine Corps officer commanding at all levels from platoon through regiment. His last active duty post was Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Brigade. Prior to that, he was Head of the Plans and Policy Division of the U.S. Pacific Fleet - the only Marine officer ever to hold that position. He also served as the commanding officer of the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Desert Storm in 1990/91, commanding a regimental landing team of over 5,200 personnel. Following Desert Storm, he served as the mission commander for the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Operation Sea Angel, the relief operation in Bangladesh.

Col. Gangle has provided expert advice to several advisory boards, including the Defense Science Board. He is a frequent lecturer on urban warfare at national symposiums. He also has written numerous published works on future military requirements and concepts, such as chemical/biological incident response, advanced tactical concepts for urban operations, and advanced courses for combat leadership and management. Colonel Gangle is a Named Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.


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