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Herb Carmen

Public Sector Director, Defense Services Lead


Executive Summary

Herb is a director with BDO Public Sector, LLC. He serves as the leader of the Defense Services Vertical. Herb is responsible for market strategy, business development and capture, partner and client relationship management, engagement delivery, resource management, and staff development for the Defense portfolio of strategy, finance, audit, risk management, and business transformation services.

With more than 30 years in aerospace and defense, Herb brings experience in corporate strategy, operations and business management, logistics, defense acquisition, government relations, national security, and international affairs.

Herb served on active duty in the U.S Department of the Navy for 24 years as a naval aviator, retiring at the rank of Captain with subspecialties in national security strategy, Joint C4ISR, and space systems operations. He commanded an E-2C Hawkeye squadron during combat operations, led deployed units ashore, served in leadership roles on staffs at the Wing, Fleet, Combatant Command, and Service Headquarters levels, and was a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a leading national security think tank. 

In Herb’s final military assignment, he was the Deputy for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, overseeing execution of manufacturing technology projects and national security reviews of mergers and acquisitions.

  • AFCEA International
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society of Military Comptrollers
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • Navy League of the United States, National Director 2018-2020
  • Project Management Institute
  • Tailhook Association

  • M.B.A., Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • Graduate Studies, Aeronautical Science, Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • B.S., Political Science, United States Naval Academy

  • President, Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club
  • Swim and Dive Official, USA Swimming and Virginia High School League