Advisory Council Member GTSC for Defense
Former Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs
John is a recently-retired brigadier general, a national security expert, and a champion for inspirational, innovative, integrity-filled leadership. He has vast whole-of-government leadership experience that includes military, diplomatic, intelligence, and industrial instruments of power – from cutting-edge technology to our nation’s most sensitive international relationships. John retired as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, responsible for world-wide international engagement on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force while leading the services’ entire security cooperation portfolio. Prior to that, John was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Iraq, leading on the front lines of whole-of-government national security strategy and policy in the most challenging of circumstances. He has been an F-15E combat pilot and an F-22 test pilot, and has commanded Joint Base Andrews and Edwards Air Force Base. He has written and spoken extensively on leadership, national security, security cooperation, risk management, and international affairs, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Additionally, he is the founder and president of Capital Leadership LLC, passionately developing the leaders our nation needs.
For many years from afar, I have admired Keith Krach and the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University. Recently, I have been fortunate to be drawn closer to this impressive orbit as a part of the ongoing Global Tech Security Commission led by the Krach Institute and the Atlantic Council. I have been thoroughly impressed with the rigor that is being applied by the commission to craft and implement a global tech security strategy to secure a free, open, prosperous and secure international order. I am deeply honored and privileged to be a part of that commission and this advisory council.