Dr. Linton Wells II

President and CEO, Global Resilience Strategies

Dr. Linton Wells II

President and CEO, Global Resilience Strategies


Dr. Linton Wells II, President and CEO, Global Resilience Strategies

Dr. Linton Wells II brings more than twenty years of civilian leadership experience in national security affairs and technology management, including civil-military affairs and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief.  Present work includes cybersecurity, building sustainable resilience, risk management, and infrastructure protection, as well as business opportunities linking multiple technology areas, such as biotechnology, robotics, additive manufacturing, information, nanotechnology and energy–BRAINE.  A particular interest is the impact of the replacement of labor by automation and artificial intelligence. He served as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII) and Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) in which roles he oversaw the Defense Department’s $30 billion budget for information technology and related areas. Other senior positions have overseen Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I), as well as the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).  

From 2010 to 2014 he led the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, a research center at the National Defense University.  He taught courses on Wicked Problems–where there’s no agreement on a problem’s definition, much less on its solution–and led research on:

(1) Innovative learning–tapping into the explosion of innovation in private sector adult education

(2) Integrating civil and military activities, public-private cooperation, and diverse organizations to achieve unity of effort when there’s no unity of control, (3) Emerging challenges, such as cyber, space, energy and autonomous vehicles, and (4) Science and technology.  

In 2014 he completed 51 consecutive years with DoD.  He is Chairman of the Advisory Group to the C4I & Cyber Center at George Mason University, President and CEO of Global Resilience Strategies, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. He also acquired a wide range of experience in operations analysis; Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East affairs; and C3I.  

Dr. Wells was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1946. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography. He attended graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree in mathematical sciences and a PhD in international relations. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo.  He served on the National Advisory Council of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Wells has written widely on security studies in English and Japanese journals. He co-authored Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War and Strategic Shift, an analysis of DoD strategic guidance.  He also co-edited a series of books on leader development and international security transformation. His hobbies include history, the relationship between policy and technology, and scuba diving. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service from Johns Hopkins University and has thrice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. See also < https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linton_Wells_II>

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