As Vice President for Marketing & Business Development, James Player provides strategic oversight of efforts to expand ANSER’s impact across the government in support of the corporation’s public service charter. In this capacity, he oversees the development and implementation of outreach and marketing as well as business development strategies focusing on sustaining and growing ANSER’s contract base, building relationships with clients and industry partners, and diversifying work across the federal, state and local government markets.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Player served as Vice President and Deputy Director of the National Security Group, where he provided executive leadership for the operations of five Mission Areas delivering professional services and analytical support. Mr. Player also led a multidisciplinary team of policy, operations, technical, and research analysts and managed projects supporting multiple agencies and functions within the Department of Defense.
Mr. Player has over 37 years of comprehensive experience as a business leader and manager, defense senior policy analyst, and Air Force officer. Before his promotion to corporate officer and Vice President, he directed ANSER’s business operations in the National Strategies Support business unit and the Joint Operations market space, developing this body of work into a marquee mission area. He also managed ANSER’s International Security Division, ANSER’s flagship division for diversification of business and the incubator for half a dozen new divisions.
Prior to his military retirement and subsequently joining the ANSER team, Mr. Player served with distinction as the Headquarters Air Force Chief of Strategy and Concepts in the Nuclear and Counter-Proliferation Directorate. In this role, Mr. Player led Air Force efforts to institutionalize mission tasks and requirements at all levels of command to counter the increasing threat of weapons of mass destruction. He led the development of a first-of-its-kind Counter Chemical and Biological Weapons Roadmap and Master Plan and provided expert advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff.
Mr. Player also served as a key member of the United States Strategic Command Implementation Team and Provisional Headquarters. In this role, he planned and supervised activities required to establish the United States Strategic Command and its roles, missions, command relationships, and organization. He edited the 1997 U.S. Air Force Counter-Proliferation Master Plan and co-authored a 1994 U.S. Strategic Command white paper, “Nuclear Forces … Strategies for Transition,” and the 1991 U.S. Strategic Command Implementation Plan.
Mr. Player holds a Master of Arts degree in human resources management and development from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy. He received specialized training in Minuteman III missile combat operations and emergency war order operations, and he completed courses of study at the Squadron Officer School and from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Air Command and Staff College, the Air Force Inspector General School, the Department of Energy Nuclear Non-Proliferation Course, and the Air Force Arms Control Course. He has also completed the Developing the Strategic Leader executive course with the Center for Creative Leadership.