Franklin C. Miller provides clients both strategic and tactical advice on defense, national security, foreign affairs, and intelligence policy. He is an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, nuclear deterrence and arms control policy, and defense.
Mr. Miller served for thirty-one years in the U.S. government, including twenty-two years in the Department of Defense – serving under seven Secretaries in a series of progressively senior positions – and four years as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council staff. Following his retirement from government in 2005, Mr. Miller joined The Cohen Group for five years, first as a Vice President and later as a Senior Counselor.
For his government service, Mr. Miller received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, five times, and has received similar high-level awards from the Department of State, the Department of the Navy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. In addition, Mr. Miller has been awarded the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit (Grand Officer), the French Legion of Honor (Officer), and Japan's Order of the Rising Sun (Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon). In December 2006 he was awarded an honorary knighthood – a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) – by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his many contributions to U.S.-U.K. relations during his decades of government service.
Mr. Miller currently serves on the U.S. Strategic Command Advisory Group. He was a member of the Defense Policy Board from 2008-2020. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Director of the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also serves on the Board of Directors of Airbus US Space and Defense and Sandia National Laboratory.
Mr. Miller received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Williams College in 1972. He received an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in 1977.