William Bray is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Washington, DC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in geopolitical threat analysis and national security. Mr. Bray is the research director for the geopolitical advisory practice. He leverages his leadership experience, analytical tradecraft expertise, and years of overseas service to ensure firms receive incisive, objective analysis on risks and opportunities in emerging markets.
Mr. Bray, a Navy veteran who retired as a Captain, has over 25 years of experience in the U.S. Intelligence Community, primarily in military and geopolitical risk analysis and production, and senior executive level support.
Prior to joining Ankura, from 2014 Mr. Bray served as a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Fellow in Newport, Rhode Island where he was part of a small, select group responsible to the Chief of the Navy for forecasting the operational and strategic environment the Navy will face in 2030 and beyond. From 2012 to 2014 Mr. Bray lived in Italy and served as the Navy’s Senior Intelligence Officer in Europe, leading a large team of professionals responsible for geopolitical analysis of Europe, Russia, Eurasia, the Levant countries, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Bray was in charge of the Navy’s largest Intelligence Center with over 500 full-time professionals. Mr. Bray’s Center provided expert global maritime and geopolitical threat analysis to senior National Security leaders across the government. From 2009-2010 Mr. Bray served as a Senior Military Fellow to the Director of U.S. National Intelligence where he led a comprehensive study of U.S. foreign intelligence sharing policy.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Bray served as a division chief in the Pentagon where he supervised the production and dissemination of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Daily Intelligence Briefing. He also supervised the Chairman’s 24-hour Intelligence Watch. Mr. Bray delivered over 2,000 intelligence reports on behalf of the Joint Staff Director of Intelligence to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, and the Secretary of State.
In his military career, Mr. Bray has served in numerous intelligence roles of vital importance to national security. He has developed subject matter expertise in a number of areas to include Russian maritime and strategic forces, Levant and East African geopolitics, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and counternarcotics. He has lived in both Italy and the United Kingdom, and has served in the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Djibouti and Kenya.
Mr. Bray received a Masters in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in 2007, where he was a distinguished graduate. He received a Masters in Strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 1993, where he was also a distinguished graduate. Mr. Bray received his commission in 1988 from the United States Naval Academy where he majored in Political Science.