Cybersecurity Operations Officer
John is a retired Marine Corps Colonel, who most recently was a Senior Analyst at the Marine Staff Training Program (MSTP) where he trained, coached, and mentored senior Marine staffs in strategic planning and operational design. Prior to that, John was the Program Manager for a Cyber Threat Intelligence program at the United States Senate on Capitol Hill.
In 2017, John was the Chief Strategist on a Capabilities Based Assessment of the UAE military in Abu Dhabi, identifying shortfalls and gaps in military capabilities and developing potential solutions to close those gaps. From 2011 to 2013, John was a senior executive at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) based in Kabul Afghanistan where he managed a portfolio of disruptive technologies supporting regional commanders across the country.
Over a 25-year military career, John commanded from the platoon to the brigade level and saw operational service in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. An intelligence officer by trade, he was the Chief of Intelligence in Anbar Province Iraq, implementing an intelligence strategy in support of a counterinsurgency campaign that reduced violence by 90 percent in the province. Prior to that, John commanded a signals intelligence organization in Fallujah and was twice recognized by the Director of the National Security Agency for operational excellence. He is a 1985 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and holds Masters Degrees from the Army War College and Marine Corps Command and Staff College.