James Ronald Fisher

Captain US Navy (retired)

PO Box 1310, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-0310

Phone 703-725-7849 FAX 703-521-0849

Fisher@PeopleNow.org www.PeopleNow.org

First and foremost, despite a 30 year naval career, including four years at the Naval Academy, I am absolutely against all forms of violence, war, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, threats, sanctions, etc.  

I am very lucky. I was born to fantastic parents in Bemis, Tennessee a cotton mill town where the bosses and owners truly cared for the workers and families. Had four older nurturing sisters, four older athletic brothers and four younger brothers all 12 smart and hard working. Have four wonderful, smart, liberal sons - the three oldest are graduates of Princeton. Had great jobs before, during and after my Navy career. I intend to apply what I have learned to help have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world primarily by accelerating the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


I received a BS with honors from the Naval Academy, graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and earned a Masters Degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University taking regular classes and examinations in the WDC area while working. My record at the Naval Academy states that I had the ability to stand first in my class. I stood first in my Submarine, Nuclear Propulsion and Engineering Duty Officer Schools.

First Half of my Navy Career

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, because there were very few nuclear submarines, I served on a destroyer as the Electronics Material Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and the Operations Officer while an Ensign. Operations Officer is normally a full lieutenant’s job. As collateral duties on the destroyer, I served on Universal Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) court-martials as a member, Defense Counsel and Trial Counsel (prosecutor). I also served as a Summary Court-Martial Officer who acts as the Judge, Defense Counsel, and Prosecutor for relatively minor infractions of the UCMJ. From this work, I learned that punishment and incarcerating defendants does not work and that getting to know about the defendant, counseling, encouraging, keeping then busy doing meaningful work, holding them accountable and issuing suspended sentences usually does.

I served on four nuclear submarines in all departments including as Executive Officer (XO), the second in command, of both a nuclear attack and a ballistic missile submarine. I was also trained in the use of both tactical and strategic nuclear weapons, made nine ballistic missile submarine patrols and six special operations on nuclear attack submarines.

Was Training Officer at a Navy Training Unit, supervised about 25 enlisted and civilian instructors and trained hundreds officers and enlisted on the S3G nuclear propulsion plant. Help found and was on the board of a Montessori School and earned a sub-speciality in Education and Training Management,

When I served as XO of a ballistic missile submarine we could have, by ourselves destroyed over a hundred bases or medium size cities, from thousands of miles away and killed millions of civilians in a very few minutes . At the time, I never thought about or talked to anyone about the deaths, maiming and destruction that our submarine could have caused. Happily, we never had to fire those missiles with real warheads. I now realize how horribly wrong, immoral, illegal, unnecessary, stupid and costly all wars, occupations, violence, empire building, poverty, homelessness, hunger and unemployment are. I am convinced that many others will come to understand this also and we will permanently end poverty and wars and eliminate nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Second Half of My Naval Career

During the second half of my naval career, I became an Engineering Duty Officer and first worked in a Naval Shipyard on refueling overhauls of nuclear submarines and worldwide submarine repairs.


As the Submarine Type Desk Officer was responsible for issuing all work and managing hundreds of million of dollars of funds for submarine overhauls and repairs.

As head of the Engineering Department, I was responsible for the work of the engineers and planners and estimators.

As a Project Manager, I was responsible for every aspect of the of first extended refit period of a ballistic missile submarine by a Naval Shipyard.

Also served in various logistics jobs in the Washington DC area including as the Logistics Manager for a Class of Nuclear Submarines, Manager of all Navy Shipyard Work Loading and Pre-Award Surveys for New Construction Ships and as an Assistant Naval Inspector General for Logistics.

My awards included the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal (for serving off the coast of Vietnam for several months).

Post Navy career

Includes founding and managing a very successful non-profit, fire safety and survivability company, Defense Fire Protection Association, described at www.dfpa.org which was instrumental implementing the very successful Navy Passive Fire Protection Program on Navy Ships and markedly cutting fire losses and their costs by about 90%

In April, 2001, five months before 9/11, I planned, arranged and hosted live fire, firefighting training sessions on Capitol Hill for approximately 30 Washington, DC metropolitan firefighters who would be the first responders to airplane crashes on Capitol Hill or at the White House.

In July 2001, also before 9/11, I conducted assessments and prepared a "Report of the Assessment of Vulnerabilities of Navy Ships to Multiple Threats and Hazards from Multiple Causes and Sources with Recommendations to Reduce/Eliminate these Vulnerabilities" under contract with the Department of Defense. Threats and hazards included hijacked aircraft and anthrax by mail. This report showed that it is impossible to protect ships, aircraft, trains, buildings, bridges, water systems, etc. from determined terrorists in the long term and that surface ships in particular are sitting ducks.

I also founded and manage a service-disabled veteran-owned small business described at www.VetsSS.org

Outline of Experience and Work as a Unitarian Universalist (UU)

In 1972, I became a UU at the Archdale St., UU Church of Charleston, SC and was very active there. I became the Vice Chair of the Board, was the Fund-raiser for four years; doubled the pledges, got a $75,000 Save America's Treasures Grant for the Church from the Department of the Interior and helped plan a major refurbishment of our pre-revolutionary war built Church. We had no minister for a while. I visited with Josiah Bartlett in his apartment near Berkeley, CA and helped hire him as an interim minister. Josiah helped us get organized Then, helped us hire a permanent minister.

Have been a member of UUCAVA since 1982; taught Religious Education for several years; helped Rev. Kim Beach teach a course on Nuclear Weapon Disarmament; was a member of UUSJ, UUSC, the Global Justice Group which established the Accompanier program for Guatemala, the Peace Initiative Networks, and the Global Peace through Justice (GPtJ) Network. Also, helped with the annual Halloween haunted house in Reeb Hall and help man our homeless shelter in Reeb hall when we had cold nights.

Rapidly Implementing the UN Sustainability Development Goals

Because nuclear submarines are complicated, spend long periods of time submerged and usually operate out of touch of civilization, their crews must be completely self-sufficient, must be able to work together as one and must have foresight. The crew must make the oxygen they breath by the electrolysis of water, distill sea water to drink, get rid of the carbon dioxide they exhale, carry enough food for several months, generate and distribute electricity, put out fires, provide entertainment, justice and training. I believe that the time I spent in submarines doing all this, plus my many other experiences and accomplishments outlined above, my drive, my knowledge of the military and technical matters, my intelligence and my unflinching desire to make the world a better place uniquely qualifies me to play a major role rapidly implementing the UN Sustainability Development Goals described on my websites www.PeopleNow.org, www.HumaneJustice.org and www.HumaneProsecutions.org

For more information about me go to: http://www.ronfisherforcongress.com/about.htm and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ron-fisher-captain-us-navy-retired/29/b71/a65

Updated: January 14, 2018