By Mike Boyer
Enquirer staff writer
In a step to build its security and defense business, the O'Gara Group in Cincinnati has formed a board of advisers consisting of three former government officials.
Brothers Tom and Bill O'Gara have teamed up with the Walnut Group, a Cincinnati venture capital firm, to acquire companies supplying products to combat terrorism and for use in small conflicts, and hope to build a company with upward of $500 million in revenue.
Named to the advisory board were:
Retired Gen. Henry H. Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Clinton administration and former commander in chief, Special Operations Command.
Kurt M. Campbell, director of the international security program and Henry A. Kissinger chair in national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Christopher A. Williams, partner in Johnston and Associates, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm. Williams is a former acting undersecretary of defense for policy in the George W. Bush administration.
Calling the advisory board a major milestone, company CEO Bill O'Gara said the group would help the emerging company pursue government contracts and products needed by the armed forces. A spokesman said others might be named to the advisory panel later.
The O'Gara brothers, who built O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt Armoring in Fairfield into one of Ohio's fastest growing publicly held companies before selling it, last year acquired Specialized Technical Services Inc., a Beavercreek, Ohio, maker of special night-vision goggles.
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