Craig McKinley, president and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, plans toÂ retire by Dec. 31 after a two-year term as the trade group’s leader.
NDIA said MondayÂ he has led the association’s efforts to develop a new strategic direction and establish relationships with government, corporate and academic stakeholders to help address the U.S.’ national security and defenseÂ challenges.
The 38-year Air Force veteran assumedÂ leadershipÂ of NDIA in January 2015 after he served as president of the Air Force Association beginning in October 2012.
He previously worked as chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he acted as a military adviser toÂ the U.S. president, defense secretary andÂ the National Security Council as well as the Defense Department‘s official channel of communication to governors and state adjutants general regardingÂ National Guard issues.
McKinleyÂ retired from military service in November 2012 with the rank of four-star general.
NDIA noted heÂ intends to continue to offer advice on defense and government matters following his retirement from the association as well as serve as a board member at various corporations and nonprofit organizations.
The trade group partneredÂ with recruitmentÂ firm Korn Ferry to facilitate the searchÂ for McKinley’s successor.