John R. Mills
Special Assistant for Cybersecurity
Office of the Secretary of Defense
John is one of the lead DoD coordinators for major DoD and US Government cyber efforts. He was the DoD representative to the Executive Office of the President and the National Security Council for the 60 Day Cyberspace Policy Review conducted in the spring of 2009.
John has 27 years of national security service including active, reserve, civilian, peacetime, and several combat tours and is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve in addition to being a DoD Civilian. After 9/11, he was involuntarily recalled to military service and spent two years conducting operations and planning with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and at Central Command. During this period, among other things, he helped plan, organize, and implement multiple foreign national contingency military forces including the Afghan National Army, the Free Iraqi Force, the New Iraqi Army and other post-regime Iraqi security forces. John has worked in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he also worked on a variety of classified programs that required interagency, coalition, and congressional planning and coordination.