Vincent Coglianese began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2019 after 37 years as a United States Marine. He commanded at all levels including five combat tours and culminating as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) overseeing 24 bases and installations worldwide. Mr. Coglianese’s position on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors focuses on Department of Defense mission support, providing for the warfighter in all manners of operations and readiness, including supply chain and infrastructure recapitalization.
Mr. Coglianese is a retired Major General with extensive global experience across logistics and supply chain, global security operations, and infrastructure management. His career has been marked by orchestrating successful large-scale transformations in organizations with as many as 33,000 personnel. In 2015, he led logistics policy for the Marine Corps at the Pentagon and positioned the Corps as the Department of Defense’s leader in logistics audit readiness.
Throughout his career, he has led both small and large organizations to accomplish missions in environments ranging from stable to hostile. With diverse operational experiences spanning logistics, special operations, interagency initiatives, and coalitions supporting anti-terrorism and global security, he has established operational excellence at every level. Mr. Coglianese is an Executive Consultant focused on logistics and infrastructure. He has a proven record of transforming organizations, people and processes to maximize results.
Mr. Coglianese’s credentials include a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Public Environmental Affairs from Indiana University. He attended Penn State University as the Senior Marine Fellow in the Supply Chain and Information Systems Program.
Mr. Drewniak began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2019 after nearly 20 years of extensive experience providing strategic management, acquisition strategy, data analysis, systems integration, and organizational transformation services to his federal and commercial clients.
As a management executive with deep experience across emerging technology elements, he has worked extensively with organizations to stimulate growth and foster adoption of new solutions aligned to their mission. His efforts have required an extensive range of strategic and technical capabilities for high visibility programs of varying size, scope, and complexity. The talent he brings to 11th Hour is a result of his broad experience identifying the processes, technologies, and solutions required for completion of organizational objectives and planning for growth. At 11th Hour, he will support the development of technology solutions and provide insight to rapidly advance firm and client initiatives.
A native of Stafford, Virginia, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A in Economics and a B.A. in Government.
James Durham began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2019 after 40+ years of experience in or at Joint Advanced Concepts, USD(AT&L); Strategic Analysis, USD(AT&L); Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC); Senior Aviation Analyst, OSD PA&E; Marine aviator, fighter pilot, carrier aviator. Independent Defense and Business consultation.
Office of the Secretary of Defense Experience:
As a Senior acquisition official, Mr. Durham played a critical role in initial development of many weapons systems such as F/A-18EF, F/A-18G, JAST/Joint Strike Fighter, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, as well as weapons such as the JAGM missile. He led many DoD level reviews such as QDR groups, Program Reviews and Congressionally directed reviews such as The Kosovo After-Action report and the Desert Storm After-Action report to Congress. Mr. Durham also led Joint reviews of Electronic Warfare Systems and Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense (JIAMD). He led development of the only DoD Joint Roadmap, the JIAMD Roadmap. He was the Senior AT&L official on many Defense Science Boards (DSBs), including Advanced Autonomy and other classified programs. Mr. Durham was often involved in SECDEF and DepSECDEF briefings on advanced aircraft and weapons systems. As Director Joint Advanced Concepts, he often visited service development centers such as AFRL, NAVAIR and SPAWAR to participate in program and concept reviews. He also had purview over the complete set of industry cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), often visiting industry development centers to review advanced concepts and techniques.
Marine Flying Experience:
Mr. Durham was designated a Naval Aviator in 1971 and has over 4,500 flight hours in tactical fighters such as F-4 and F/A-18. He has over a hundred arrested landings flying from aircraft carriers Nimitz, Forrestal and Independence. He is a graduate of US Navy Strike Leader Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS), USN HARM/EW school as well as USMC Air Combat Tactics Instructor course. He was an Adversary Instructor Pilot for two years, flying many simulated air combat missions.
Mr Durham is a 1967 graduate of Rhodes College with a BS (with Honors) in Physics. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway. He holds three Masters Degrees:
Cand Mag from University of Oslo 1969 (Physics); MS in Aeronautical Systems, University of West Florida 1973; MS in National Security Strategy, Naval War College 1992.
He is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI study in National Security (2003), The National Security Studies Program, Syracuse University (2005) and The National Security Studies Seminar, George Washington University (2007).
Mr. Kurta began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2019 with nearly 40 years of experience leading active and reserve officers and enlisted, Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, Special Operations, National Guard, inter-agency and coalition personnel. This experience allowed Mr. Kurta to serve in several senior level roles focused on policy and strategic development of human capital across the Department of Defense. As a Director on the Board of Directors for 11th Hour Service, Mr. Kurta is focused on providing guidance and insight to support the strategic vision of 11th Hour Service, and to enhance both the solutions offered to, and the team members delivering those solutions to, 11th Hour Service’s clients.
Mr. Kurta also currently serves as the Vice President of the Health and Human Performance team with Leidos, as a CNA Corporation Senior Fellow, and a Volunteer Official with Navy Federal Credit Union. Mr. Kurta spent 32 years in the United States Navy and retired as a Rear Admiral, where he transitioned into the Senior Executive Service as the Director of Navy Flag Officer Management and Development and Performed the Duties of both the Under Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
A native of Columbia Falls, Montana, he graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Lane (F. Jay Lane), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2019. He recently retired from KPMG as a Managing Director with over 18 years with the Big Four CPA Firm. During his career with KPMG, Mr. Lane was the account lead in the KPMG Federal Practice for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Navy, and the United States Marine Corps. These complex and multi-location engagements included all aspects of financial management, audit remediation, information technology, data and analytics, accounting policy, supply chain, and risk management. Mr. Lane also supported the financial statement audit of the Federal Aviation Administration and consulting support to the National Science Foundation.
Mr. Lane spent over 20 years as a DoD civilian leading military and civilian personnel in the Air Force and the DoD Inspector General. At the DoD Inspector General, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and managed all financial statement audits of the DoD performed by Federal Defense auditors (OIG, Army, Navy, and Air Force) as well as CFO Act and IT audits performed by independent public accounting firms. These large-scale and complex audits included the Army, Navy, and Air Force Working Capital and General Funds, as well as all Defense Agencies. Mr. Lane was also responsible for all financial related and performance audits of DoD operations. In the Air Force, Mr. Lane served as a branch chief, office chief, and auditor with The Air Force Audit Agency responsible for Command and Base-level operational and financial audits to include audits of readiness, property, and contracts. As a Budget Analyst in the Pentagon, Mr. Lane was responsible for aircraft programs such as the C-130, and V-22 Osprey. Mr. Lane also served as a Military Policeman in Vietnam.
As a Director on the Board of Directors for 11th Hour Service, Mr. Lane is focused on providing guidance and insight to support the strategic vision of 11th Hour Service, and to enhance both the solutions offered to and the team members delivering those solutions to 11th Hour Service’s clients. His primary area of support will be Public Sector Audit and Audit Readiness.
Mr. Lane is a native of Newport News, Virginia. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University and received his MBA from Barry University. He is a CPA and CGFM and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Virginia Society of CPAs, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and the Association of Government Accountants.
The Honorable James M. Byrne began serving on the 11th Hour Service Board of Directors in 2020 with nearly 35 years of experience in the military, government and industry. This experience allowed him to serve in several senior executive roles focused on policy, strategy, operations and legal support. As a Board Director, Mr. Byrne is focused on providing guidance and insight to support the strategic vision of 11th Hour Service.
Mr. Byrne currently serves as an independent consultant, senior advisor and independent corporate board member. He was appointed and later confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on August 28, 2018. He retired from federal service on February 3, 2020. As the Deputy Secretary, he led modernization initiatives and served as the designated chief operating officer for the federal government’s second-largest Cabinet department. He also previously served as VA’s General Counsel.
Before arriving at VA, Mr. Byrne worked as an executive at Lockheed Martin in legal, compliance and ethics roles. He served for several years on the board of directors for Pacific Architects and Engineers. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne served in the career Federal Senior Executive Service as Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of Special Counsel, and as both the General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
Soon after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr. Byrne was recalled to active duty for 18 months with the U.S. Marine Corps in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel Byrne was assigned as the Officer-in-charge of the Marine Liaison Office at the then-National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, supporting injured and deceased Marines, Sailors, and their families. Mr. Byrne’s experience in the public sector also includes service as a forward deployed Marine Corps Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice international narcotics prosecutor.
Mr. Byrne has extensive experience on several non-profit and advisory boards. His most recent professional engagements include past service on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Board and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Board of Directors. For ten years, Mr. Byrne volunteered on the Executive Board of Give an Hour and chaired the Arlington Diocese Bishop’s Advisory Board. He currently volunteers with Veterans Moving Forward and the Veterans Education Project.
Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received an engineering degree and, ultimately, held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. He later earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, and started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.