David Silverman served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1999 through 2010. He is CEO and co-founder, with General Stanley McChrystal, of the McChrystal Group. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a degree in Oceanography and went directly to SEAL Training, graduating at the top of his class in 1999. Over the course of his career in Naval Special Warfare, David held several leadership and staff positions and made six operational deployments to a variety of locations around the world. He was responsible for all Naval Special Warfare resources in the Southern Philippines in 2003 and 2004, partnering with them to implement counterinsurgency efforts. Later in Iraq he commanded a joint combined task force of 600, responsible for hunting high value targets. Dave is a combat decorated veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, and most recently served as the military assistant for operations and plans to General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan from June 2009 to June 2010. He resigned from active duty at the end of 2010.