John Forte is the Deputy Executive for JHU/APL’s Homeland Protection Mission Area. His programs focus on securing the nation and its interests against asymmetric, terrorist-type attacks of catastrophic consequence through applied technology and systems engineering. John is the Mission Area’s lead in assured communications as well as in understanding and mitigating cyber threats of national importance, to include threats to state and local environments, critical infrastructure and to senior leaders and first responders. He serves on the Board of Advisors to JHU’s Information Security Institute. He is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Assured Autonomy, examining the safety, trust and security of the convergence of IoT, infrastructure, AI, and robotics within ecosystems. John came to the lab after serving in senior leadership and technical positions within the military and in the public and private sectors.