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Heather McMahon

Department of Defense


Last updated: Jul 31, 2019

Heather McMahon is a Senior Director of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Report at the Department of Defense, where she advises the board on national security issues. She is on detail from the Department of Defense where she most recently served as Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, Critical Technology Protection and Industrial Security in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. Heather provides Defense, National and Congressional senior leaders with expert advice on worldwide intelligence, counterintelligence, insider threat and security issues, with a particular focus on protecting critical technologies and intellectual property. A veteran of 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, she served extensively abroad in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Europe, and Asia, and earned the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, among other awards. She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in mathematics, and is a graduate of multiple advanced intelligence community and military schools.

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