We generate the creative ideas that translate into positive lasting change for the government.

The LMI Research Institute focuses on providing research opportunities and practical advice to LMI researchers. The Research Institute is staffed by distinguished fellows—creative thinkers with a passion for achieving change through research and innovation—and supported by a program manager. The Research Institute reports to a review board chaired by LMI’s CEO.

Nelson M. Ford            President and CEO  
Donna Norfleet
Donna Norfleet is the manager of the LMI Research Institute, where she oversees LMI’s innovation programs. Donna joined LMI in 2009 and has worked as a consultant in the Maintenance and Readiness group and the Transportation and Distribution group. She is a certified Project Management Professional and has supported a number of defense agencies, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Army, providing operations support, conducting workforce data collection and analysis, and building impactful technologies that increase efficiencies, such as OpenPolicy. Before joining LMI, Donna spent nine years running transportation demand management programs in Detroit, Michigan and for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s degree in transportation policy, operations, and logistics from George Mason University. 
Distinguished Fellows
William B. Moore            Executive Vice President  
Richard L. Kelly
Lieutenant General Kelly (ret.) joined LMI in 2005 after completing 35 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps. His final assignment was as Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics. General Kelly provides strategic advice to LMI’s corporate leadership, and he directly supports the LMI Research Institute and the Logistics Management operating unit. He is a key player in LMI’s corporate outreach to universities, institutes, associations, and small businesses. In addition to his work with LMI, General Kelly serves on several corporate and advisory boards, including the Penn State Business School Board of Visitors. His degrees include a BA in history, a BA in economics and business administration, and an MBA. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (with distinction), and he has completed several executive education programs in corporate directorship and financial management. General Kelly is a distinguished graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School and Penn State University.
Jeffery P. Bennett            Senior Vice President, Logistics Management  
Michael E. Canes
Dr. Canes is a nationally recognized expert in the field of energy economics. He joined LMI in 2000 after a distinguished career as vice president and chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute. His areas of expertise include energy economics, energy management, energy policy, environmental management, and environmental economics. He was a principal participant in the Defense Science Board’s 2008 study of Department of Defense energy strategy, and he is an officer in the U.S. Association for Energy Economics. Dr. Canes earned a BS in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in economics from UCLA.