George Solhan is currently a private consultant specializing in Science & Technology, Innovation, and Application; Operational Modernization needs, opportunities and imperatives; Special Operations Force/General Purpose Force Integration; and doing business with the Federal Government. Solhan recently retired from the Senior Executive Service, culminating a Federal Civil Service career of 23 years. For the last 9 years at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), he was the Deputy Chief of Naval Research for Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism; the Department Head, ONR 30; and the Director of Marine Corps Science and Technology. He was responsible for leading, managing, directing, and integrating an extensive Science and Technology program ($300+M annually) which consists of basic research, applied research and advanced technology development in a wide range of technical disciplines and warfare areas (including Expeditionary, Maritime, Urban, Cyber, and Irregular Warfare) in support of operational requirements of the Navy and Marine Corps. Solhan envisioned many innovation opportunities -disruptive as well as evolutionary. He formed and led teams to conduct strategic planning, obtain investment resources, build coalitions, and successfully develop and deliver technology breakthroughs in a number of areas, including C4, ISR, Firepower, Maneuver/Mobility/Counter-Mobility, Logistics, Force Protection/Survivability, Human Performance, Training and Education, Human Socio-Cultural/Behavioral Science, and Non-Lethal Weapons . These innovations will enable Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines to prevail in their mission and survive in battle.
Solhan’s previous assignments include Deputy Director of Technology, Marine Corps Systems Command; Senior Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute; and as a member of the Physics faculty at the Naval Academy and its Preparatory School. Solhan is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer with combat experience in the Republic of Vietnam and Infantry and Special Operations experience through the Regimental level. His military decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Solhan earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland; a M.S. in National Resource Strategy at the National defense University/Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course of the Defense Acquisition University. He is a certified Level III Acquisition Professional. He is a National Security Decision-Making Fellow of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA. In addition, Solhan is a graduate of Executive Courses at the Elliot School of the George Washington University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Solhan is a recipient of the 2008 Presidential Rank Award and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.