Dennis “Denny” McGinn is a retired Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment from 2013-2017, and is an International Security Senior Fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute. At Battelle Memorial Institute he was a Corporate Officer and led the Energy, Transportation and Environment Division. His titles with Battelle included serving as Vice President of Strategic Planning and National Security Business Development and Director on the Board of Brookhaven Science Associates. Prior to his tenure at Battelle Memorial Institute, Dennis served in the U.S. Navy for 35 years as a Naval Aviator, Test Pilot, Aircraft Carrier Commanding Officer, and National Security Strategist. Dennis commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, where he led developments in operational innovation, rapid prototyping of sea-based information technology, and international naval force experimentation and coordination. His final assignment with the Navy was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon.
Dennis is actively engaged in national forums highlighting energy and international security and innovative government policies, investments, and technology working towards a high-quality, sustainable and global environment. Dennis has served as the Chairman of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors, was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Disabled Veterans’ Benefits, a Director of the National Conference on Citizenship, a Senior Policy Advisor to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and is currently a Board Member and Senior Advisor at Customer First Renewables and recently joined the Board of Directors for HALO Maritime Defense Systems. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the National Security Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and was a Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.