Richard Tilley

Richard Tilley

Doctoral Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Director, Office of Irregular Warfare & Competition at U.S. Department of Defense
34th Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium

United States Department of Defense
Director of Irregular Warfare & Competition
March 2021 - Present (2 years 7 months)
Washington DC-Baltimore Area
• Assesses, conceptualizes, develops, and contributes to the employment of the Joint Force in irregular wars and across the spectrum of conflict by implementing the Joint Warfighting Concept and integrating force development and design.
• Serves as the principal author for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff annual Joint Irregular Warfare Assessment.
• Integrates diverse and disparate voices across the Department of Defense as secretary for the Irregular Warfare – Security Force Assistance Executive Steering Committee.
• Leads a team of twenty civilian, military, and contract employees at the direction of the Director for Joint Force Development on the Joint Staff.
• Publishes the annual Irregular Warfare Mission Analysis, Curricula Guide for Irregular Warfare and Joint Concept for Competing.

January 2019 - March 2021 (2 years 3 months)
Washington D.C. Metro Area
• Assigned by the Secretary of Defense to oversee staffing and initiate activities to counter great power adversaries and their interests short of armed conflict.
• Analyzed adversary grand strategies and competition methodologies based on historical, cultural, and structural approaches to statecraft and geopolitical rivalry.
• Identified and evaluated foreign influence activity challenging American interests.
• Integrated the Department of Defense repertoire of sensitive and clandestine capabilities to appropriately contest the great-power competitors.
• Developed tailored, rival-centric approaches to leverage all the instruments of American power at the direction of senior Department leaders.

U.S. House of Representatives
National Security Advisor
September 2017 - January 2019 (1 year 5 months)
Washington D.C. Metro Area
• Senior national security advisor to the Chairman of the NATO – Parliamentary Assembly Defence and Security Committee. 
• Senior national security advisor to the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee with jurisdiction over all U.S. military ground and air capabilities.
• Congressman’s intelligence advisor pertaining to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
• Drafted dozens of the congressman’s opinion editorials and interview talking points for distribution on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Politico, and other outlets. 

United States Department of Defense
Special Operations Consultant
December 2015 - September 2017 (1 year 10 months)
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence - Washington, DC
• Provided intelligence and special operations expertise and recommendations to senior defense decision makers.
• Coordinated and facilitated Department of Defense clandestine activities amongst Intelligence Community stakeholders.

US Army
9 years 7 months
Sensitive Activities Program Manager
October 2014 - December 2015 (1 year 3 months)
Special Mission Unit – Fort Bragg, NC
• Managed six top-tier clandestine overseas counterterrorism programs involving over 500 U.S. Special Operators and host nation forces that conducted over 100 kinetic missions on three continents.
• Formulated and directed six counterterrorism programs with a budget exceeding $25 million.

Special Forces Officer
June 2012 - October 2014 (2 years 5 months)
5th Special Forces Group - Fort Campbell, KY
• Commanded a twelve man Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha, incorporating mid and senior level special operations professionals across seven occupational specialties.
• Lived amongst, partnered with, and trained Lebanese conventional and special operations forces; led the joint U.S.-Lebanese Government tactical response to the rise of ISIS.
• Deployed to Jordan and collaborated with host nation intelligence and special operations personnel on counterterrorism efforts; spearheaded USG efforts to monitor the early stage of the Syrian Civil War.

Special Forces Qualification Course Student
July 2010 - June 2012 (2 years)
United States Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School – Fort Bragg, NC
• Valedictorian – Class of Spring 2012
• Awarded the Green Beret as an unconventional warfare practitioner.
• Completed Special Operations Language Training I-III in Modern Standard Arabic.

Infantry Officer
June 2006 - June 2010 (4 years 1 month)
Infantry Officer 82nd Airborne Division – Fort Bragg, NC
• Served overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Unified Response (Haiti), and Operation Bright Star (Egypt).

The Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Doctoral Candidate, International Affairs

St. Mary's University - Master of Arts (M.A.), International Relations and Affairs · (2010 - 2013)

Wake Forest University v- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History · (2002 - 2006)