Mr. John Sherman is a career member of the Senior Intelligence Service, serving as the Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) since July 2020. 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 served from 2017-2020 as the Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community (IC). In this position, he was responsible for leading the ongoing modernization efforts with the IC Information Technology Enterprise as well as ensuring the security and protection of the IC’s IT systems.
Prior to his tour as the IC CIO, Mr. Sherman served from 2014-2017 as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) Open Source Enterprise (OSE), where he helped transform Open Source Intelligence, leveraging new technologies and interagency partnerships to enhance the growing OSE mission. He previously served for seven years in several senior executive positions at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he led organizations involved in 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 an imagery analyst.
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. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston. Following graduation from Texas A&M, he served as an Air Defense Officer in the 24th Infantry Division. He is graduate of the DoD CAPSTONE course, ODNI’s “Leading the IC” course, and the CIA Director’s Seminar.
His awards include the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank, the DIA Director’s Award, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Canadian Chief of Defence Intelligence Medallion.