Rear Admiral (Ret.) Fernandez “Frank” Ponds

U.S. Navy

Frank Ponds is the Principal and Owner of FPONDS LLC Independent Consultant, providing consulting services in the areas of defense and national security, strategic planning, maritime safety and security, and disaster preparedness and response within the public and private sectors. Serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Planning for The Stevenson Consulting Group. He recently led a team of top US and Emirati officers in conducting a two-year capabilities based assessment of the UAE’s military academies and Armed Forces.

Admiral Ponds served 33-years in the US Navy in senior executive, operational, and managerial positions within the DoD and the Interagency, gaining global experience and expertise training and operating with US partners and allies.

Ponds holds a BA from The University of Alabama; MS National Security Strategy, National Defense University; MS Military Studies, Marine Corps Command and Staff College; and MS Information Systems Technology, The George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Darden Corporate School of Business, and the National Association of Corporate Directors Executive Leadership Seminar.

Married with two adult children, he remains active within the San Diego community.

By Rear Admiral (Ret.) Fernandez “Frank” Ponds