James Ronald Fisher
Captain US Navy (retired)
PO Box 1310, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-0310
Phone 703-725-7849 FAX 703-521-0849
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, etc.
I have had a charmed life. 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 of which are graduates of Princeton. Had great jobs before, during and after my Navy career. I intend to apply what I have learned to 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. 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.
I had an outstanding career in the Navy, including as an Admiral Rickover nuclear submariner during the first half of my Navy career and as an Engineering Duty Officer the second half where I managed all aspects of complex modernization, refueling overhauls of nuclear submarines and worked in logistics commands.
In my second career after the Navy, I founded and ran a very successful non-profit fire safety and survivability company, Defense Fire Protection Association, described at www.dfpa.org which was instrumental in markedly cutting fire losses on Navy Ships and their costs by about 90%.
Early 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. As collateral duties, also served on Universal Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) court-martials and as a Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel (prosecutor), and Summary Court-Martial Officer who essentially serves as the Judge, Defense Counsel, and Prosecutor for relatively minor infractions of the UCMJ. From this work, I learned that punishment and incarcerating defendants did not work but getting to know about the defendant, counseling, encouraging, keeping then busy doing meaningful work, holding them accountable and issuing suspended sentences usually did.
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 many officers and enlisted on the S3G nuclear propulsion plant, help found and was on the board of a Montessori School and had 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.
Last Half of My Naval Career
During the last half of my naval career, I became an Engineering Duty Officer and 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 DepartmentI was in charge of all 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 Logistics Manager for a Class of Nuclear Submarines, Manager of Navy Shipyard Work Loading and Pre-Award Surveys for New Construction Ships 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.
My 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 in markedly cutting fire losses and helping to implement the very successful Navy Passive Fire Protection Program.
I also founded and manage a service-disabled veteran-owned small business described at www.VetsSS.org
Under contract with DOD, I prepared a report that conclusively determined that it is impossible to protect ships, aircraft, buildings, infrastructure and society from determined terrorists and that since the late 1950's surface ships have been sitting ducks and would have lasted only a very few hours in any combat against an equipped adversary.
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 approximately three years that I spent submerged 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 qualify me to play a major role rapidly implementing the UN SDGs using the Universal Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World (USP) described on 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: November 12, 2017