AWARD FOR COURAGE AND PATRIOTISM
Lieutenant General (ret.) Raymond Palumbo
Partner and co-Founder Venturi Solutions
Ray Palumbo is a respected national security leader, team-builder and problem solver who has dedicated his public life to improving the safety and security of the United States and our allies. Today he supports a broad range of public, private and philanthropic organizations as the co-founder and senior partner of Venturi Solutions LLC, a consultancy that delivers winning solutions in the aerospace, defense and intelligence industries.
A retired 3-star US Army general, master aviator and parachutist, Ray led conventional and special operations forces during peacetime and in combat. He completed his 34-year military career as the Director for Defense for Intelligence where he simultaneously led the Pentagon’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force, two central Defense Department positions that delivered policy, budgets, programs, and critical intelligence collection and analysis systems to war-fighters around the globe. He is currently a board director of CAE-Mission Solutions Inc., Systematic Inc., W.S. Darley & Co., and Actifio Federal, Inc. He also advises a range of leading defense companies whose products and services contribute to US national security and the welfare of men and women in uniform.
Ray’s philanthropic passion is committed to improving the well-being of our nation’s military veterans, first responders, and their families. As such, he serves as director on the boards of Quality of Life-Plus and the Boulder Crest Foundation, non-profit organizations that deal with seen and unseen wounds, respectively.
Ray has a BS degree in engineering from West Point, an MS in administration from Central Michigan University, and an MS in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the British Higher Command and Staff course at the British Defense College in Shrivenham, England.
Ray is married to the former Alice Sweet from El Paso, Texas. They have four grown children and five grandchildren and currently reside outside Washington DC.