Scott Strader is an executive coach, organizational consultant and ethics educator with Priority Thinking, LLC. His career includes 20 years of decorated military service with extensive leadership experience and involvement that spans the levels of warfare from the tactical to the strategic.
Scott’s military career began with a three-year enlistment in the U.S. Air Force. After a break in service, Scott was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and completed training as a naval aviator. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he flew combat missions with Fighter Squadron 32 from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), actions for which he was awarded an Air Medal and commendation for valor.
Scott’s subsequent assignments were as a division officer at Navy Information Operations Command in San Diego; staff officer for the commander of the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG-5) in Yokosuka, Japan; and Officer-in-Charge of Naval Base Ventura County, San Nicolas Island (CA). During these assignments, Scott engaged in a wide range of tasks that included providing tactically-focused training and planning expertise; leading personnel performing research and development; and supporting fleet operations. His final assignment was with Naval Special Warfare Group One in San Diego as the Air Operations Officer on the Commander’s staff. In this role, he supervised all air operations-related training for all west coast-based SEAL teams.
Following completion of his Navy career, and before joining the team at Priority Thinking, Scott was a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) simulator instructor for Nova Technologies in support of Naval Special Warfare Group One, its Training Detachment, and its four SEAL Teams.
Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA), and a master’s degree in philosophy from San Diego State University. He has studied leadership and the art and science of the profession of arms, with additional courses in strategic studies, at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in philosophy.