THADDEUS L. UNDERWOOD
Web url: linkedin.com/in/Thaddeus-Underwood
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL
New York, NY
MBA; Economic Development focus; Semester abroad Univ of Cape Town, South Africa
Daytona Beach, FL
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
MS, Aerospace Science
WEST POINT – UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY West Point, NY
1992 – 1996
BS, Mathematics; Superintendent’s List & Dean’s List honors
Officer, U.S. Army, Active Top Secret (SCI) Security Clearance; I.T. Professional; Educator; Strategic Leader
GS-15, Division Chief, Identity Management & Communications Security
U.S. Army Office of the Chief Information Officer Fort Belvoir, VA
Responsible for Identity, Credential, & Access Management (ICAM), Communications Security (COMSEC),
and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) matters in support of the Army CIO/G-6 global support mission. Responsible
for the planning, policy development and interpretation, oversight, compliance, and reporting for the Army's critical networks worldwide. Develop strategic guidance and make recommendations to senior leaders regarding key network initiatives in order to meet operational mission needs. Manage the Army's ICAM strategy, its implementation within the Army, and its alignment with the DoD and Federal ICAM policies. Supervise a diverse staff of action officers, engineering, and technical support teams engaged in carrying out assigned Cybersecurity functional areas. Responsible for managing a budget of $88 Million for RDT&E innovation initiatives, software and hardware lifecycle support, and labor contracts.
Consulting Associate, Lead Technologist
Booz Allen Hamilton Arlington, VA
Consultant for the Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer, responsible for developing and implementing DoD Satellite Communications Strategy. Additionally responsible for working with Commercial Industry providers
to integrate military satellite communications capabilities with commercial capabilities. Identified capability gaps with current systems and developed methods to overcome shortfalls. Saved the government over $120,000 by identifying duplicate work focused on the same subject area.
Sabbatical - Volunteered teaching personal finance and real estate classes for home buyers. Also volunteered
at local public schools.
Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives Group
U.S. Army Office of the Chief Information Officer, Pentagon Washington, DC
Served as lead for the Chief Information Officer’s external engagements with corporate and industry partners.
Identified opportunities to increase efficiencies with other Department of Defense agencies regarding Cyber and Information Technology matters. Integrated and synchronized Army initiatives including Cybersecurity, Network
Interoperability, Unified Capability, Network Convergence, Cloud Migration, Network Modernization, Data
Center Consolidation, tactical to strategic network bridging, and Army Home Station Mission Command Centers.
Director, Network Enterprise Center (Battalion Commander)
U.S. Army – Japan Tokyo, Japan
Served as Director of the Network Enterprise Center spread across mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Guam.
Responsible for 422 personnel, an annual budget of $32 million, and over $72 million worth of equipment.
Delivered 24/7 global connectivity and provided expeditionary cyber support, network operations, network
defense, and Information Assurance and Vulnerability Management. Served as the Defense Information Systems Agency Executive Agent of all inter-base telecommunications on Okinawa, and directly responsible for three help
desk centers using the Remedy trouble ticketing system servicing over 30,000 users providing NIPR, SIPR, VTC,
and other critical services. Operated the Pacific arena's Standardized Tactical Entry Point/Teleport Site in
Okinawa and the Regional Hub Node satellite facility in Guam. Established and maintained the organization’s enterprise vision, strategy, and program objectives ensuring information assets and technologies are adequately protected. As the Information Systems Owner, served as authorizing agent for network devices and software
requests to be added to the network and implemented controls for Risk Management Framework for network accreditation and readiness.
Congressional Affairs Officer
Department of Defense, Pentagon Washington, DC
Served as Primary Congressional Legislative Liaison for the Commander of U.S. Forces in the Middle-East.
Supported the development and execution of the organization’s legislative strategy for all dealings with the Congressional oversight committees to include the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. Prepared
testimony for Congressional Hearings and prepared budget and authorization justifications for ongoing military operations in the Middle-East. Routinely interacted with senior military and civilian Department of Defense Leadership, Members of Congress, and their professional and personal staffs.
Interagency Fellow (Political-Military Affairs Officer)
U.S. Department of State Washington, DC
Served as staff officer responsible for providing policy advice on NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan issues. Prepared information papers to support National Security Council decisions on Afghanistan Policy. Conducted
inter-departmental meetings on terrorism finance issues and their risk to diplomatic and military operations.
Senior Cybersecurity Watch Officer
National Military Command Center, Pentagon Washington, DC
Served as Senior Cybersecurity/I.T. Officer assigned to the National Military Command Center. Primary advisor
to the Deputy Director for Operations for all Information Technology and Cyber issues. Led a nine-person cyber
support team in direct support of one of five Pentagon Joint Staff operations teams. Directed, supervised, and administered crisis information technology support to the President, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, and chiefs of governmental agencies. Responsible for over 800 telecommunications circuits and the operation and maintenance of $200 million of communications equipment that provides critical support for global crisis management and Nuclear Command and Control Extremely Sensitive Information execution.
Chief Operations Officer (Battalion S-3)
U.S. Army Kuwait Arifjan, Kuwait
Led operations for a 410 person Information Technology organization supporting military units deployed
throughout the Middle-East. Directed and supervised the planning for installation, operation, maintenance, and
defense of the network ensuring that IT requirements were fulfilled while providing superior service. Led the
Network Operations Cell (NOC) implementing numerous network upgrades to expand cyber capabilities. Used Windows Server, Active Directory (AD), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for access controls
and network authorizations. Implemented and monitored cyber security controls for the network, and refined
controls as necessary using risk assessment and management procedures. Directed network readiness and
preparation for DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP).
Assistant Professor of Economics
United States Military Academy (USMA) West Point, NY
Educated students so that they understood economic principles and could effectively apply those principles
to make informed decisions as military leaders and citizens. Published a paper on microfinance and its effect
on building economic capacity in developing countries. Presented research on the privatization of military
housing to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment. Published paper on the
economic importance of fostering better relations between the U.S. and the Republic of South Africa.
Chief Executive Officer (Company Commander)
U.S. Army Space Command Fort Meade, MD
Served as CEO of one of only six satellite control units in the U.S. Army. Responsible for 68 personnel
and more than $260 million in satellites and satellite support equipment. Operated and maintained 24-hour
satellite network and payload control of the Defense Satellite Communications Systems providing
communications support to the White House Communications Agency, National Security Agency,
Secretary of Defense, and other critical senior government users.
Human Resource Manager
U.S. Army – Korea Uijonbgu, South Korea
Led a section of 17 personnel and established plans, policies, and procedures for the administration of personnel
actions in the areas of strength management, legal, finance, postal services, promotions, and public affairs for
624 U.S. personnel. Served as the unit’s Executive Officer in his absence. Additionally served as the unit’s
Information Management Officer (IMO) and liaison to the Republic of South Korea military on U.S./Korean relations.
Platoon Leader & Executive Officer
Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE) MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL
Trained and ensured readiness of 138 personnel providing communications support to the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. Led a rapidly deployable airborne communications unit responsible for deploying on short notice and providing contingency, humanitarian, disaster relief cyber and IT support to joint task forces and joint special operations forces worldwide.
Stayed abreast of FISMA, FITARA, and HIPAA requirements due to the potential for interagency network
integration with the Department of Defense. Graduate of U.S. Army Air Assault and Airborne (Parachutist)
Schools. Served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, NY, 2006-2008;
volunteered with Northern VA Juvenile Detention Home, 2011; received Volunteer of the Year Award at West Point, 2008; volunteered with Minds Matter, NYC, 2005; the National Urban League (Los Angeles, 1994 & Atlanta,1995);
Florida Special Olympics, 1999; and Junior Achievement, 1996; Sandboarded in Namibia in winter 2004.