General Ron Keys
Principal - RK Solution Enterprises
Senior Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
General, United States Air Force, Retired
General Ron Keys
General Ronald Keys was elected to the Board of Trustees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in March 2010. He currently serves as a member of the Development and Student Life committees.
General Ron Keys retired from the Air Force in November 2007 after completing a career of over forty years. His last assignment was as Commander, Air Combat Command, the Air Force’s largest major command, consisting of more than 1,200 aircraft, 27 wings, 17 bases and 200 operating locations worldwide with 105,000 personnel. Under his leadership, ACC organized and stood up the Air Force’s first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Wing and first Network Warfare Wing. General Keys holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. In addition to numerous professional military education courses, Gen Keys has participated in the National and International Security Seminar, JFK School of Government, Harvard, as well as Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, in Colorado Springs. In September 2007, he received the Air Force Association's most prestigious annual award, (The H. H. Arnold Award) as the military member who had made the most significant contribution to national defense. Upon retirement he was also selected as the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps first AFROTC Distinguished Alumni award recipient.
General Keys resides in Woodbridge, Virginia and owns RK Solution Enterprises, an independent consultancy. He is a Senior Advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he provides expertise to projects on energy, transportation, and national security. He also is the lead for the National Security Speaker Series and Cyber Security project and provides liaison to the Hamilton-Kean 911 Commission Homeland Security Preparedness Group Project. He is a member of the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board on the DoD Energy and Climate Change project. Additionally he consults as a Senior Mentor to military exercises and experiments and advises various DoD and Non-DoD related firms and agencies on advanced technology, cyber planning and operations, UAV employment and organization, energy security and climate change, marketing decisions, strategic planning, and policy development issues.