David E. McCracken (Colonel, US Army Special Forces, retired) is the manager of PriCorps, LLC, which provides consulting services on innovative integration of skills from strategic to tactical levels. David has developed and implemented a diverse array of programs ranging from a three week assessment and selection process focused on individual personnel to completely re-designing multiple, six month, skill qualification and leader development courses. Additionally, he has generated training and exercise programs ranging from three days to three months, maximizing creative applications relevant to organizations scaled from ten to eight hundred members. Each event contained concurrent focus on leader development and task performance across individual to collective skills. Most programs include a comprehensive event to ensure future ability to sustain the training value across the organization(s).
David developed these credentials starting on a dairy farm in Western Pennsylvania from ages seven to eighteen, with the rich experience of 4H and forty plus Holstein cows, all of which he fed and nurtured from calves to milk producers. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY in June 1974 and was commissioned in the US Army as an Infantry lieutenant. After completing airborne and ranger training, his initial duty was with the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.
In 1977, David completed Special Forces training and subsequently served in Panama (as detachment commander and later company commander), at Fort Bragg (two company commands, plus staff officer in organizational development, and both battalion and group commands – each with 1,400 members), as well as in Washington, DC (Army and Joint Staff in operations and readiness, officer personnel management and career leader development, then Secretary of Defense staff in strategy and initiatives) before retirement with just under 29 years military service in 2003.
His academic credentials include Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, graduate of the Army War College as well as National Security Fellow both at Harvard University and in the Seminar XXI program at MIT, and as a Professor, National War College. David holds a certificate for senior executives in national and international security from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Following military retirement in 2003, David McCracken joined the Federal Civil Service in Department of Defense, serving in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, moving to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in 2006 until retirement in February 2012. During 2008, he served on the professional staff of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, which published its report, World at Risk, recognizing the dual national security risks of biological and nuclear terrorism.
Honors earned during his forty plus years of service include Defense Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead, Combat Infantryman Badge, Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of State, African Affairs.
David E McCracken has extensive experience in developing and implementing programs ranging from peacekeeping training, hostage rescue and counterterrorism operations, to proliferation prevention from weapons of mass destruction and small arms networks, as well as integrated tabletop exercises that focus on multiple jurisdictions and agencies, from federalism at the national level to international. Most activities included diverse functions ranging from nongovernmental to private sector organizations, in addition to government functions from local to national, academia and citizens.
He and his wife, Kathie S., McCracken live in Waynesville, North Carolina and have two adult daughters.