Randall Packard retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 20 years, including 15 years as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, and founded RCP Strategic Services, Inc. Over the course of his career, Randall completed multiple tours fulfilling requirements generation and resourcing responsibilities for the Navy’s EOD force, and was responsible for the development and submission of inaugural Program Objective Memorandums for base-lining the EOD force following the drastic increase in mission tasking for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF).
During his last tour of duty, he served as the Requirements and Plans Officer for Combined Joint Task Force Troy, the counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) brigade for Multi-National Corps Iraq. He was responsible for the generation and validation of all emergent C-IED capability requirements through the Joint Urgent Operational Needs (JUONS) process and instrumental in the rapid fielding of C-IED technologies and capabilities in response to the evolving IED threat.
Randall has significant joint staff experience in the development and validation of war fighter requirements and the processes required to bridge the gap between capabilities and resourcing. Randall commanded EOD Mobile Unit Seven and was instrumental in advancing underwater mine countermeasures technology for the EOD community as well as streamlining reserve force personnel management. Mr. Packard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering and holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Mark Sanders retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 20 years of service as a Special Operations Officer, EOD Officer and Master EOD Technician. His last three tours of duty were focused on the counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) fight at all levels of warfare.
In 2004, Mark reported to U. S. Joint Forces Command as the IED Defeat and counter-IED lead action officer tasked to coordinate operational and strategic level support to the Department of Defense Joint IED Defeat Task Force, now Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and U.S. Central Command. Mark then commanded EOD Training and Evaluation One where he was responsible for advanced counter-IED tactical training of EOD forces deploying to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. His final assignment was as Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Troy, Iraq’s multinational and interagency counter-IED brigade task force. He is also qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Mixed Gas Deep Sea Diver and Master Parachutist. His initial tours of duty included Operations Officer on a Mine Countermeasures ship, Officer in Charge of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) detachment for a carrier battle group during Operation Desert Strike, Executive Officer of the Navy’s Experimental Diving Unit, and overseas duty with the U. S. Seventh Fleet where he planned and executed such multinational exercises as Cobra Gold (Thailand) and Balikatan (Philippines).
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star. He received his Bachelor of Science in Oceanography with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy, Master of Science in National Security from the Air War College, and Master of Science in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. Mr. Sanders is also a graduate of the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College and is qualified as a Joint Specialty Officer. He is on the Executive Board of the NDIA Explosive Ordnance Disposal Planning and Advisory Committee.
Clark Nichols retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 20 years of service. While on active duty, he served as a Navy EOD Officer, Master EOD Technician, Navy Special Operations Officer, and Surface Warfare Officer.
Clark commanded a U.S. Navy Task Force and a Navy EOD Mobile Unit forward deployed to the Middle East. He has planned and executed operations in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. During his Navy career Clark operated with all Services, to include Special Operations Forces, as well as coalition partners and other government agencies in both permissive and non-permissive environments. His final assignment was as Deputy Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Troy, the organization tasked with counter-IED operations for the Multi-National Corps Iraq.
As a member of R3 Clark has led the successful capture and execution of multiple contracts across a variety of DoD clients. He holds a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from the U.S. Naval Academy.