Anthony (Tony) Johnson is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of experience as a leader and manager in private industry and government. He is a U.S. foreign policy and national security researcher, whose academic interests and experience includes the intersection of religion and identity-based conflict, and contemporary U.S. foreign and national security policy. Tony also works on issues of inclusion and multiculturalism, civil rights and social justice. In 2011, Tony was hand-picked by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism to serve as the Advisor for Special Operations and Irregular Warfare. He served in this post at the Pentagon through 2013. He currently holds a national security research position at the Institute for Defense Analyses where his work is focused on regional security policy studies; interagency coordination for national security; U.S. military strategy and doctrine development; assessments of defense institutions and support systems; U.S. security assistance and cooperation programs; U.S. military operations analyses; red teaming and experimentation on U.S. military concepts and capabilities. Tony began his career as a Cryptology/Information Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Following his naval service, he worked in private industry as a management strategy consultant on large-scale technology systems-integration efforts, corporate leadership development and organizational design programs. Tony has also led cross-functional strategy consulting teams that provided mission-critical business intelligence and research services to a diverse range of government agencies and private companies. Tony is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, the founder and Co-Director of the TruDiversity Initiative, Vice Chairman of Norwich UniversityÕs Board of Fellows for the College of Liberal Arts, and a 2012 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar. Tony grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and now resides in Washington, D.C. with his husband Juan and their dog, Tiger.
Chapter: Washington, DC