Admiral Mies is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mies Group, Ltd, a private consulting firm, providing strategic planning and risk assessment advice and assistance to clients on international security, energy, defense, and maritime issues. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he completed a 35-year career as a nuclear submariner in the US Navy. Admiral Mies has a wide range of operational command experience, having served as the senior operational commander of the US Submarine Force, and commander of the U.S. Strategic Command for four years prior to his retirement in 2002. Following his retirement, Admiral Mies served as a Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a provider of scientific and engineering applications for national security, energy, and the environment, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc., a subsidiary of SAIC from 2002 to 2007.
From 2008 to 2010, Admiral Mies served as a director of McDermott International. In 2010, he transitioned to the board of Babcock and Wilcox (B&W), an equipment and technology provider to the energy industry, when that company spun off from McDermott International. Following the split of B&W into Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT), he transitioned to the board of BWXT, a supplier to the nuclear power industry, where he served as a director until 2019. He is also a member of the board of governors for Los Alamos National Security, LLC and the board of governors for Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC. Admiral Mies previously served as a director of Mutual of Omaha from 2002 to 2014.