Board of Directors

ARDI Board of Directors

Col. Mick Erdle, USAF (ret)

Michael (Mick) Erdle, Colonel, USAF (Ret) is President and Chairman of ARDI as well as the International Education Foundation (INEF), which provides education and management consulting services worldwide, focusing most recently on supporting minority, disadvantaged companies. A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Mick served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years with assignments worldwide in operational and command positions. He was a command pilot accumulating over 3,300 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft. His education includes master’s degrees in aeronautical sciences and national security & strategic studies. He has twenty years experience in the federal contracting arena, directing operations, marketing and sales activities in small businesses providing products and services to federal government customers, both civilian and military. Mick currently serves as an outside director on the boards of Academy Bank and Armed Forces Bank in Kansas City, MO.

Terry Erdle
Vice Chairman

Terry Erdle currently serves as the COO of the National Restaurant Association. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in cyber security, online learning and trade associations. He most recently was executive vice president of business development for Knowledge Factor. Previously, he led the certification and learning division of CompTIA, the largest global IT certification body. He was chairman of the Cybersecurity Credentialing Collaborative and has held senior executive positions at Sun Microsystems, IHS Group and Mattel Toys. Terry is a graduate of Colorado State University and Oxford University.

Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller, USAF (ret)

Christopher D. Miller, Lt. Gen, USAF (Ret) supports the USAF Academy as an ARDI Director and as the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Chair for the Study of the Profession of Arms at USAFA’s Center for Character and Leadership Development. He also serves as President and Chairman of the Air Force Historical Foundation and as Chair of the US Section, Canada-US Permanent Joint Board on Defense; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a 1980 distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy and earned graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College, and Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. The General is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours in B-2, B-1 and T-38 aircraft. His active Air Force career included leadership as the USAF’s deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, US Northern Command and NORAD’s director of strategy, plans and policy, and duty as policy adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

Dana Montgomery

Dana Montgomery currently serves as Vice President of Operations for The Academy Research and Development Institute (ARDI). She also volunteers with the International Education Foundation (INEF), which provides educational funding as well as education and management consulting services worldwide. Dana serves on the board and volunteers with The Refugee Alliance, a nonprofit that supports refugee youth and women in Egypt. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a degree in accounting.

Col. Rick Pyatt, USAF (ret)

Rick Pyatt is the Collins Aerospace Arlington Office Senior Director, Government Programs. Mr. Pyatt joined the former Goodrich Corporation in 2003 as Director, then Vice President of Government Relations. He is responsible for leading Collins Aerospace military business growth, strategy, and congressional pursuits supporting the U.S. Military Services, Combatant Commands, the Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before joining Goodrich, Rick had a full career in the Air Force and flew commercially as a United Airlines Captain. He has over 8000 flying hours in USAF fighter and trainer aircraft and numerous Boeing and Airbus airliners. As a former Air Force Aggressor Instructor Pilot, Rick simulated MiG-21 and MiG-23 weapons and tactics in Dissimilar Air-to-Air Combat Training for U.S. Air Forces Europe and our NATO allies. His education includes a BS in Medical Sciences, US Air Force Academy; Master of Arts in International Relations, University of Southern California (UK-Cambridge); and National Defense Fellow, Harvard JFK School of Government.

Brig. Gen. Bob Edmonds, USAF (ret)

Bob Edmonds is the Vice President for Marketing at Elbit Systems of America and is responsible for the growth of the company, leading all marketing activities including business development, strategy, corporate development, and strategic communications. Prior to joining Elbit, Gen. Edmonds held leadership positions in Exelis, Inc., a global aerospace, defense, information and services company; Syndetics, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy, capture, and proposal management in the government aerospace and defense sector; and Heidrick & Struggles International, a global executive recruiting and leadership consulting company. Gen. Edmonds was a US Air Force command pilot with over 2500 flight hours and 300 combat hours, having led 42 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. During his career, Gen. Edmonds commanded F-15 flight, squadron, and wing units and held multiple senior operations and policy positions in the Pentagon. He was a White House Fellow and Deputy Director for Legislative Liaison, leading Air Force congressional affairs for both the House and the Senate. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, his education includes a BS in Civil Engineering, USAF Academy; MS of Civil Engineering, Guggenheim Fellow, Columbia; Masters in National Security Strategy, National War College; and executive education at Harvard JFK School of Government. Gen. Edmonds is a US Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation Trustee, a board member of the Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation, and a past president and board member of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.