Margie Johns is the first Information Analysis Center (IAC) Field Rep assigned to US Pacific Command. In this position, with oversight of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, she represents 3 IACs that annually conduct over $1 billion in technical research and analysis. With more than 7,000 scientists and engineers in 49 states, IACs provide strategic studies and build communities of interest involving the DoD, industry, and academia in areas of critical importance to national defense, including cyber operations, weapon systems, and homeland defense.
Ms. Johns is a plank-holder team member of the Technology Domain Awareness (TDA) initiative, which focuses on effectively understanding the technology landscape as it relates to current and future Defense needs. The IACs seek to expand awareness and application of commercial and non-government investments to enable better, cheaper, and faster defense capability development. Prior to her current position, Ms Johns served in several positions of leadership to include: Science Advisor to Special Operation Command Pacific; Resource Advisor for Pacific Command Innovation and Experimentation overseeing an annual $30 million budget and 60+ defense contractors; Senior Military Analyst leading systems integration of new technologies into existing military systems; Chief Financial Officer of a private company in charge of financial advisement and accounting for several restaurants; Self-employed as a small business owner building custom residential homes. She is a champion of community resiliency and the proud mother of three children.
Ms Johns is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves currently serving as a Political/Military Strategist for US Pacific Command planning multinational joint exercises to test national security strategies and to strengthen ties with partner nations. Military experience includes positions such as: Pol/Mil AO coordinating international engagements; Cyber Officer engineering and deploying communications systems worldwide; Operational Support Commander for LC130 and C-17 operations from NZ to Antarctica; Civil Support Team Ops Officer first responder for CBRN emergencies; Inspector General enforcing highest standards for USAF and ANG units; Scientist developing and fielding advanced technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory; Troop Commander leading special teams on deployments to the Middle East and Europe.
Ms Johns earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Systems from the Community College of the Air Force; a BS degree in Geography-Cartography from University of Utah; and is near completion of an MA in National Security and International Studies from Naval War College. She is a graduate of the Naval War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Office School, and Academy of Military Science. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University.