Craig B. Hanford, a native of Washington, DC, retired in 2001 after 26 years of service in the U.S. Army as an aviator and Project Manager, four years of senior management in industry and more than 10 years as an independent consultant. Craig has been a Director on the Child Justice Board since its inception in 2012.
Craig Hanford has extensive policy, acquisition and operational experience that resulted in his selection to lead at each level from Captain to Colonel. He has successfully served in several air-cavalry (reconnaissance) units as an attack helicopter pilot as well as managed aviation related acquisition programs. One such assignment was as Plans Officer and Special Assistant to the Commanding General, US Army Aviation Center during which he managed a multimillion-dollar Army advertising campaign that increased minority student recruiting during Aviation’s transition to a branch of the service. Also during his military career, the Army nominated him as an Astronaut candidate five times for consideration by NASA.
Craig Hanford’s last active duty Army assignment as a Colonel was as Project Manager Training Devices (PM TRADE), U.S. Army Simulations, Training and Instrumentation Command (USA STICOM), now known as PEO STRI. In that capacity, he was responsible for the project management, engineering, development, procurement, fielding, and logistical support of complex individual and networked multi-domain training simulations and simulators for the military services, federal agencies and foreign governments. He managed 105 key developmental and fielded programs, and his responsibility encompassed a five-year budget of $1.8 billion and over 90 military, civilian, and contractor support staff.
Shortly after retiring from the US Army at the rank of Colonel, Craig became the Senior Program Manager for intelligence programs at NCI Inc. He subsequently became the Executive Vice President at Davis-Paige Management Systems (DPMS) LLC upon its inception and helped the company grow to $5 million in contracts and 15 employees before leaving to join Harris Technology Services Corp as a Senior Program Manager for a $105 million DoD counter-intelligence program. After successful product delivery, Craig began his consultancy for business management where he subsequently consulted for Defense 50 and defense related small companies as a senior advisor and subject matter expert in defense budgets and requirements analysis, procurement and acquisition, program management, aviation policies, small business policy, and training and simulation development.
After graduating from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY with a BS in General Engineering, he later obtained a M.S. in Systems Management from the Univ. of Southern California and a M.S. in Information & Computer Science from the Ga. Inst. of Technology. Throughout his military career, Craig has attended every level of officer education to include the Defense Systems Management College, the Information Resources Management College and the Army War College.
Why Child Justice?
“Issues that improve and enhance the lives of children have always had a profound effect on me,” he said. “I was introduced to Child Justice by a West Point classmate and was stunned to learn about the depth of injustice perpetrated upon innocent children by a segment of the judiciary, poor legislation and lack of competent legal representation. To say the least, I felt compelled to volunteer. Who wouldn’t?”