John Costello was an Analyst at Defense Group Inc's, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, where he researched Chinese defense and security issues. As a member of the U.S. Navy and intelligence community, John established himself as a leading thinker in cyber warfare, emerging technologies, and information dominance. His current research focuses on understanding the future of warfare, the role technology, and finding creative, iconoclast solutions to best prepare the United States for future conflict. He has a BA from University of Maryland University College. John graduated with honors from the Defense Language Institute and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin. John is also establishing the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI), a non-profit dedicated to understanding China's use of cyber and intelligence as instruments of national power.
John served with the Republican staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform IT Subcommittee (reporting to Chairman Chaffetz and Chairman Hurd). He assisted the committee on all things cyber-security, and will be pitching in on encryption, the Office of Personnel Management breach and IT security standards across federal agencies.