Prior to joining Parallax, Matt was the Principal Director of the Special Operations and Combating Terrorism office at The Pentagon. This office comprised of over 40 personnel and multiple international programs executing over $100.

In that role he supervised the office’s development of policy guidance and oversight of the Department of Defense (DoD)-wide implementation of all Department-level policies, strategies, and plans related to information Operations, Irregular Warfare, and the employment of Special Operations Forces (SOF).

While also in the Pentagon, Matt facilitated the creation of the China Strategy Management Group, which the Secretary of Defense chartered to manage strategic competition with China. Matt also managed multiple efforts that concentrated the attention of DoD senior leaders around specific goals and objectives, affecting how every component of the DoD constructs its missions and tasks, manages and trains its personnel, and plans its activities and investments around the China problem. 

As a U.S. Army Reserve Intelligence Officer, Matt currently supports Department of State with coordination of DoD operations and activities. Previously, he served as a DTRA Joint Exercise Planner, a Psychological Operation Group Senior Intelligence Officer (S-2), a Counterintelligence Company Commander, a Joint Interagency Task Force Intelligence Operations Officer, an ISAF SOF Liaison Officer, and a DIA Strategic Intelligence Officer.

Matt has been awarded the OSD Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and two Joint Commendation Medals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio University. He enjoys reading the War on the Rocks, Small Wars Journal, Task and Purpose and SOF news. Matt was raised in Solon, Ohio and now resides in Hudson with his wife Abigail and son Warren.

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