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John-Paul Adrian

U.S. Air Force


Last updated: Oct 6, 2020

John-Paul Adrian is a U.S. Air Force Officer, currently serving as a Politico-Military Affairs Strategist and Action Officer with the Homeland Division in the Directorate for Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5) of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. In this role, he works closely with the Department of Defense, National Security Council, Department of State, and Combatant Commands to provide coordinated politico-military policy recommendation to the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has built a breadth of experience with various command, deployed, and staff assignments. He previously served as an Air Force Fellow detailed to the Office of Venezuela Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Security Forces Squadron Commander, Security Assistance Advisor to the Pakistan Military, Air Force Master Instructor, and Joint Defense Force Commander. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, commissioning through the ROTC program as a distinguished graduate, and his Master’s in Management from American Military University. He is also a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and a U.S. Military Leaders Fellow with the Jewish Institute for National Security of America.

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