Maj. Gen. John M. Custer (Retired)

Director of Federal Strategic Missions and Programs, EMC Corporation

Major General USA (Retired) John M. Custer is the Director of EMC’s Federal Strategic Missions and Programs. EMC is a leader in enabling government agencies to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

Mr. Custer is responsible for leading all aspects of strategy, business development, and program execution for EMC’s Federal Business Division. His background with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations as well as Intelligence Training is crucial as EMC partners closely with the Federal Government and Department of Defense on its “Journey to the Cloud.”

Mr. Custer has more than three decades of government experience with intelligence, secure communications architectures, information technology and surveillance operations. As Director of Intelligence for U.S. Central Command, he supervised intelligence operations in 27 nations across the Middle East, and oversaw all ISR operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and the remainder of the Middle East. General Custer commanded at every level and served as the primary Intelligence Staff Officer (S2/G2/J2) at Battalion, Brigade, Division, Corps and Joint Command echelons. He worked as a Space Architectures Planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as a Nuclear Weapons Targeting Officer aboard the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Airborne Command Post.

Mr. Custer is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned a degree from the Defense Language Institute in Russian. He also earned two Masters degrees: one in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Defense Intelligence College and another in National Security Studies from the National War College.

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