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DR. JOHN P. STOPHER

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Dr. John P. Stopher is the Director, Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for integrating and overseeing all national security space capabilities and activities, in coordination with the intelligence community, and providing support to the Secretary of Defense on space portfolio decisions. 

Dr. Stopher's career began in 1988 with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, where he worked as a systems engineer on advanced imaging systems, including optics and image processing in the Hawkeye facility. Dr. Stopher worked in industry for several years as a senior engineer, then joined the U.S. House of Representatives staff in August 1998. As a professional staff member for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence, he focused on authorization and oversight of technical programs in the intelligence community. Prior to leaving Capitol Hill, he served as the Budget Director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from January 2003 to January 2007, where he was responsible for the preparation and presentation of the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill for all U.S. intelligence activities.  

Most recently, Dr. Stopher was the president of 377 Omega, Inc., a consulting services company focused on national security, space and intelligence community technology and policy requirements. 

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
1988 Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
1994 Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. May 1988 - August 1990, systems engineer, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y.
2. August 1990 – August 1994, research assistant, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Buffalo, N.Y.
3. September 1994 – July 1997, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, TASC, Reston, Va.
4. August 1997 – August 1998, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Seicorp, Inc., Manassas, Va.
5. August 1998 – January 2007, Budget Director and Senior Technical Staff, U.S. House of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
6. January 2007 – June 2017, Founder and President, 377 Omega, Inc., Rockville, Md.
7. August 2017 – Director, Principal DoD Space Advisor Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

(Current as of November 2017)