Bill Bray
Managing Director

Former Senior Intelligence Community Professional

Bill Bray is a Managing Director at Ankura with experience in geopolitical risk analysis and national security. He is known for his leadership skills, analytical tradecraft expertise, and incisive, objective analysis on risks and opportunities in emerging and frontier markets. Bill is a retired United States Navy captain with over 25 years of experience in the US intelligence community, primarily in military and geopolitical risk analysis and production, and senior executive-level support. He is based in Washington, DC.

  • Experience

    Prior to joining Ankura, Bill 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.

    During his military career, he served in numerous intelligence roles of vital importance to national security. He has subject matter expertise in many areas, including Russian, Northeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and East African geopolitics, as well as 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.

    Bill’s professional experience includes:

    • Served as the Navy’s senior intelligence officer in Europe, leading a large team of professionals responsible for military threat and geopolitical analysis of Europe, Russia, Eurasia, the Levant countries, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Served as commanding officer of the Navy’s largest intelligence command, with over 500 full-time professionals. The center provided expert global maritime and geopolitical threat analysis to senior national security leaders across the government.
    • Served as a senior military fellow to the Director of National Intelligence, where he led, in response to congressional inquiries, a review of US foreign intelligence sharing policy and implications.
    • 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. Bill delivered over 2,000 intelligence reports on behalf of the director of intelligence of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, and the Secretary of State.

  • Honors & awards

    • Vice Admiral Rufus Taylor Leadership Award by the National Military Intelligence Association
    • Proceedings Author of the Year by the US Naval Institute

  • News & events
  • Insights & innovation
    • “No More Navy Port Visits to Hong Kong?,” Proceedings, Vol. 143/6/1,372, 6/2017
    • “Intelligence is Not Warfare!,” Proceedings, Vol. 142/12/1,366, 12/2016
    • “Man vs. Machine,” SIGNAL Magazine, Vol. 71, No. 4, 12/2016
    • “A Well Educated Officer,” Proceedings, Vol. 142/1/1,355, 1/2016