Joe Billingsley

Director of Strategic Engagement

Joe Billingsley serves as the Director of Strategic Engagement at the National Defense University (NDU) College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC), where he focuses on forging and sustaining relationships with a diverse array of critical stakeholders to support the organization's educational mission.

He is also the creator of the National Service Panel at DEF CON, founder of the nonprofit Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA), an Adjunct Professor and Cyber Intelligence Advisor at the Institute of World Politics (IWP), Special Advisor of the peer-reviewed journal Military Cyber Affairs (MCA), peer-reviewer for Joint Forces Quarterly, and creator of the Cyber Embassy Night event series in Washington, DC. He has been Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI), reviewer for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), judge at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Competition, and Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX). He has authored and edited numerous works including Integrated Deterrence and Cyberspace.

He is a former U.S. Army Strategist (Functional Area 59), Cyber Warfare Officer (17A), and Signal Corps Officer (25A), and was also trained as a Military Intelligence (MI) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Officer. In uniform, he had served in various executive and staff positions at each echelon from Platoon to General Staff. His expeditionary activities included a 15-month Surge deployment to Iraq as part of the 1st Armored Division (Multi-National Division - North), engagement activities in the former Warsaw Pact, being underway on the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS Mount Whitney during the Arab Spring, and earning the highest level of the Military Proficiency Badge from the Bundeswehr. 

He is a graduate of programs at the Naval War College, Army War College, Military Intelligence School, and Army School of Information Technology. He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut, where he founded the History Club. Selected as the inaugural Army Cyber Scholar, he was the first Army student awarded a MS in Cyber Systems and Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Wargaming. He received doctoral training in Information Sciences at NPS and in Cyber Leadership at Capitol Technology University.