Dr Dennis Desmond

Research Assistant, Defence Security and Resilience Theme.

Dr. Dennis Desmond serves as a research assistant with the Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems supporting the use of systems thinking to model darknet market structures and develop interventions. Dennis is also a lecturer in cyber intelligence, cyber security and cybercrime investigations in the School of Social Sciences. Dennis’ PhD dissertation –  Cryptolaundering: Optimising Cryptocurrency Laundering Interventions focused on the growing use of cryptocurrencies to launder illicit proceeds stemming from online fraud, scams, and cybercrime.

Previously, Dennis served as a senior intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, assigned to US Special Operations Command as the Chief Identity Scientist.  Dennis has also served as a Special Agent with the Washington Field Office of the FBI and served 23 years in the United States Army. Dennis is a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom IV, and V.

Dennis’ interests lie in the areas of human factors and national security, identity, counter forensics, and applying systems thinking to countering foreign influence and preventing state sponsored intrusions.

If you would like to discuss any of these interests with Dennis, please contact him on: ddesmond@usc.edu.au