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Peter RyanPeter Ryan, Senior Associate

A 30-year Navy Veteran, Peter has over 15 years of planning, programming (POM), budgeting, execution (PPBE), and program management experience in the U.S. Navy. He is currently supporting the United States Navy with his work on the OPNAV staff as a senior analyst for OPNAV N9I.

He commenced his Navy operational career flying the E-2C Hawkeye. In that capacity, Peter became a Mission Commander and flight instructor, attained over 1,000 flight hours, and flew combat missions in Desert Storm aboard the USS AMERICA (CV-66). For those efforts related to Desert Storm, he was awarded the Navy Air Medal and two Navy Commendation Medals, one of those with valor.

Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, he had multiple financial assignments, both in industry and in the Pentagon. After attaining his MBA and briefly transitioning out of the Navy, Peter worked for Newport News Shipbuilding as a Senior Financial analyst on the USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN-77) program. After reentering the Navy and completing his operational flying career, Peter formally became a Navy Financial Manager (FM) and had a significant number of consecutive staff tours in the Pentagon that included Readiness management in OPNAV (N43), Congressional engagement in OPNAV (N78), Navy military personnel budget and execution in OPNAV (N10), Navy and Marine Corps military personnel budget and execution in Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management and Comptroller/Office of Budget (FMB), and programming of all Navy Reserve capabilities in OPNAV (N80)/“The Bullpen.” Finally, he concluded his Navy career as the Director of Finance for the Office of the Chief of the Navy Reserve where he was responsible for the management, oversight, and Congressional engagement for all financial issues related the $3B required to operate the Navy Reserve annually. Funding responsibilities included the oversight of the pay and allowances associated with ~60K Navy Reservists, the Operations and Maintenance of Navy Reserve global operations, the procurement of Navy Reserve equipment and funding the construction of Navy Reserve facilities.

Peter has extensive experience in the Department of Defense as it pertains to planning programming, budgeting, execution, requirements development; National Guard Reserve and Equipment account procurements (NGREA), Congressional Engagement, Naval aviation, Readiness, Guard and Reserve issues, and overall DoD financial management.

Peter received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Strategic Planning from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary.