W.P. "Bear" Ard
Senior Managing Director
“Bear” Ard (Brig Gen, USAF (Ret)) serves as a Senior Managing Director of Saggar & Rosenberg, which specializes in providing attestation, tax, and management consulting services to government contractors and technology companies. In addition, the firm also provides associated, “high-end” senior executive search and placement support for national agencies.
Bear is a senior human capital operations, workforce and strategic planning, programming and budget, process improvement, and performance management subject matter expert, complemented with extensive additional experience in cybersecurity strategy and policy. Recently, Bear provided strategic cybersecurity policy, budget programming, and initiatives advisory services to a key national cybersecurity agency. Bear previously served as the first Director of Workforce Planning and Resources for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as a key subject matter expert in DHS Intelligence and Analysis’ (I&A) efforts to establish their first program and budget submission tied to their initial Strategic Plan. In this role, he led I&A’s work in developing their first workforce planning document, the Workforce Planning Initiative (WPI), laying out their workforce strategy for the foreseeable future.
Further, while at NSA, Bear wrote, during two successive years, NSA’s Human Capital Employment Plan providing the Agency’s workforce strategy (to include succession planning) for the next 20 years. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of the nation’s first National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) strategy. While in the Air Force, Bear served as Director of Manpower and Organization for the Air Force, as Director of Staff and Director of Personnel for one of the Air Force’s largest commands, as the senior commander operating one of the Air Force’s largest installations, and as the Deputy in the Air Force’s General Officer Management Group.
Bear remains associated with his service, as he was “by-name” requested to participate in a National Academy of Sciences study of the Air Force STEM workforce requirements and the composition and structure of the service’s Force Support career field. Bear graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and holds Masters Degrees from both Troy University and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.