Speaker: Erik Kramer, Executive Director of Special Ops Survivors
Erik Kramer, Executive Director
Executive Director of Special Ops Survivors, Erik Kramer, has over 29 years of military and government service as well as four years in the private sector. Erik retired in 2014 after 26 years of commissioned and enlisted service as an Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel.
As a Special Forces officer, he served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Iraq, and Kosovo at various levels of command from detachment command to battalion level equivalent. His final military assignment was at the Pentagon, in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict.
Prior to becoming the executive director, Erik was the CEO for Emerging Technology Institute, a technology company focusing on unmanned systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, and electronic warfare that supported the Department of Defense as well as first responders and also developed a STEM outreach program in collaboration with the North Carolina university system and local high schools.
Prior to Emerging Technology Institute, he served as a civilian contractor with the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group as a principal strategic planner and advisor to senior military leadership and diplomats in Germany, Korea, and Ukraine focusing on the emerging Russian and Chinese threat. Erik also served as a consultant at the firm, Booz, Allen, Hamilton where he developed future concepts for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
He has written extensively about contemporary national security issues. Erik is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel and a 2001 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. He resides in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
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