John (aka Dragon) is a recently-retired brigadier general and the Gapingvoid Executive Advisor of Innovation and Leadership since December 2022. His vast experience includes leadership of the development and testing of cutting-edge technologies and the molding of our nation’s most sensitive international relationships.
John retired as the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, responsible for worldwide 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, innovation, national security, risk management, cross-cultural engagement, 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 world needs.