Bob Krone is a global educator, author, and consultant in Advanced Management theory and practice. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, U.S.A. (1975-1993); a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, U.S.A.(1992-present); and an Adjunct Professor for Doctoral Programs in the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia (1995-present). He graduated from the Naval War College Command and Staff College in 1962. Bob is a Fellow Member of the American Society for Quality(www.ASQ711.org) with an academic specialty in the Quality Sciences; a Leadership Council Member of the Aerospace Technology working Group (www.ATWG.org ); Secretary of the National Board of the Distinguised Flying Cross Society (www.dfcsociety.org ); and Board Member of the Fallbrook, California VFW Post 1924; and Idyllwild (www.idyllwildarts.org ).
Bob's first career was as a Fighter Pilot, Commander, Personnel Director and NATO International Staff Officer in the United States Air Force (1952-1975). He flew the
T-33, F-84G, F-84F, F-100D/F, T-39, F-86, F-105D/F in America, Europe and Asia. As Operations Officer and Commander of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-105D) he became the first USAF commander in the Vietnam War to reach 100 combat missions over North Vietnam (3 June 1966). He flew a total of 125 combat missions in SEA and earned the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star and eleven Air Medals. He was the action officer for the creation of USAF Museum web site pages on the history of the F-105D flying combat over North Vietnam, 1965 - 1968: (http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/history/vietnam/469th).
Bob was Chief of the Nuclear Policy Section for SHAPE, NATO Belgium (1971-1974) and created the first unclassified briefing for "NATO Nuclear Policymaking," which was the subject of his Ph.D. Dissertation at UCLA (1972).
Bob has stayed in touch with Aerospace by being a member of the NASA sponsored Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG), the Space Development Committee and Kepler Academy where his most recent activity was editing BEYOND EARTH: THE FUTURE OF HUMANS IN SPACE (Apogee Space Press, 2006, Amazon.com, www.BeyondEarth.org). That book was on the Universe Today list of "Best Space Books in 2006" and is impacting the Space Community in 2008.
Bob and his wife, Sue, have lived and worked in thirteen countries and have spent years teaching and living in diverse cultures. They are Krone Associates of Fallbrook, California, U.S.A. BobKrone@aol.com.