Mr. John Sherman is a career member of the Senior Intelligence Service, and currently serves as the Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). In this capacity, Mr. Sherman assists the DoD CIO as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
Previously, Mr. Sherman was appointed by the President to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Intelligence Community (IC) and was sworn into this role by the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence on September 11, 2017. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading the ongoing modernization efforts with the IC Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE), and other areas of the overall IC Information Environment, as well as ensuring the security and protection of the IC’s IT systems.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sherman served as the Deputy Director of CIA’s Open Source Enterprise (OSE), where he helped to lead the transformation of Open Source Intelligence, leveraging new technologies and interagency partnerships to enhance the growing OSE mission. He previously served in several senior executive positions at NGA, dealing with analysis, collection, homeland security, organizational strategy, and international affairs.
Earlier, he served as the Principal Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues on the National Intelligence Council, and as a White House Situation Room duty officer. Mr. Sherman began his IC career in 1997 as a CIA imagery analyst assigned to the former National Imagery and Mapping Agency, now known as NGA.
Mr. Sherman is a 1992 Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&M University where he commanded the Corps of Cadets and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and he also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston. Following graduation from Texas A&M, he served as a US Army Air Defense officer in the 24th Infantry Division. He is graduate of the Department of Defense CAPSTONE course, ODNI’s “Leading the IC” course, and the CIA Director’s Seminar.
He has been awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank, the DIA Director’s Award, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, NGA’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and Canada’s Chief of Defense Intelligence Medallion.