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The Honorable John Hillen is a business leader, public policy intellectual, former US government official, and decorated combat veteran. He currently serves as the Executive in Residence and Professor of Practice in the Business School at George Mason University and is an independent director of several companies in the defense, energy, and technology sectors. He was the President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions from 2007-2013, a firm that he took public in one of the few IPO’s in the American economy in 2009. Prior to Sotera, Dr. Hillen served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in George W. Bush administration. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. Prior to his appointment, John was the President or COO of several other technology firms in the defense and financial services sectors. Before his business career, John served for twelve years as a reconnaissance officer and paratrooper in the Army. He is the Executive Chairman of the Board of National Review Inc. and is a trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Hampden-Sydney College, and several other charities and think tanks. The author of several books and scores of journal articles on international security affairs, he graduated from Duke University, holds a Master's Degree from King's College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. John is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.