Cory Simpson is a national security expert, public policy pioneer, and cybersecurity and emerging technology enthusiast.
Cory is known around the globe and across communities for his unique ability to bring people and ideas together to solve hard problems and realize unique opportunities. He has more than two decades of experience advising the most elite organizations in the American military, Congress and Fortune 100 companies on cybersecurity, counterterrorism, emerging technologies and geopolitical risk.
Cory is a former Senior Director and Lead for the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a bipartisan and intergovernmental body charged with developing strategy and policy recommendations for Congress on how to better protect the U.S. from cyberattacks. He also spent years serving as a general counsel and national security law advisor in the special operations community and senior leadership of the Department of Defense. Prior to that Cory was a federal prosecutor and served as the senior prosecutor for the United States Army in Europe. Cory has overseen and advised thousands of criminal and civil investigations and represented the United States in hundreds of domestic and international forums and proceedings.
Cory’s unparalleled experience has honed an ability to quickly and accurately recognize threats and opportunities in the environment and then clearly and convincingly communicate that vision to others. His unmatched ability to empower clients with clear vision in foggy environments enables swift collective action to seize opportunities and minimize risks. In today’s environment, speed and agility are essential survival skills for any organization.
Cory served 19 months in combat as an Army soldier, leader, and senior legal advisor to joint force commanders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Philippines. He served two years on Army Staff in the Pentagon. During his time in the Pentagon, Cory was selected by the three-star Judge Advocate General of the Army to serve as the legal advisor for the National Commission on the Future of the Army. He facilitated the timely completion of the report to Congress and the President of the United States, resulting in enduring improvements in the Army’s force structure, readiness and modernization. He has received numerous awards including a Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal (X2).
He also served as a general counsel in the Airborne and Special Forces communities, advising commanders in charge of a force between 3,500 and 5,000 personnel with several hundred-million-dollar budgets. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.
Cory holds a Master of Laws, Military Law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School; and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law.
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