Mr. Desmond is pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia on a full higher degree research scholarship. His area of study is focused on Optimising illicit dark net marketplace interventions.
Previously, Mr. Desmond was assigned to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as the Chief Identity Scientist for the Sensitive Activities Division responsible for management and protection of 69,000 SOF personnel throughout the enterprise. His duties included providing expertise on signature reduction, managed attribution systems, identity defense, and support to prevention of identity theft and identity fraud against the Special Operations Community and their families.
Prior to his assignment at USSOCOM, Mr. Desmond served as a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Desmond authored a paper on reforming the U.S.’s Cyber Defense strategy and represented DIA in National Security discussions at the university.
Previously Mr. Desmond has also served as the director of an Identity Management organization within the Department of Defense, an FBI Special Agent with the Washington Field Office, and served 23 years in the United States Army on both active duty and the reserves as an intelligence officer. Mr. Desmond is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and V.
Mr. Desmond also served as a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall School for Democratic Studies in Garmisch Germany and was awarded the Foreign Area Officer designation for Eurasia.
Mr. Desmond has a Bachelor of Arts from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts from Indiana University and has published articles in the Journal of Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, and a book on Soviet Military and Intelligence Services Camouflage. He has numerous awards from the United States Army, FBI and the Department of Defense.
Mr. Desmond and his wife Rita, who is a DIA employee, will reside in Buderim.