As a former Department of Defense senior executive and U.S. Navy veteran, Mark has operational and policy experience in all levels of national security. Most recently he served as the executive director for the Directorate for Plans and Policy at United States Cyber Command where he was responsible for crafting national and defense department cyber policy, designing and executing interagency and departmental war games, and developing offensive and defensive cyber doctrine. He designed the scenario and facilitated an interagency exercise for the United States Senate in support of information-sharing legislation, provided the cyber elements for a series of seminars for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, contributed the policy and decision-making elements for United States Cyber Command’s yearly Cyber Flag exercise, and represented the Department of Defense at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Level Exercise in 2011 and 2012.
Young received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Norwich University in Political Science. He received a Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2006. Young is a member of the Maryland Bar and has published legal articles in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy and the Stanford Law and Policy Review.
Prior to his assignment at U.S. Cyber Command, Young was the Special Counsel for Defense Intelligence on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. House of Representatives. He was responsible for the oversight of defense intelligence operations and advised Committee Members and staff on the programs, budget, and authorities of the Department of Defense. Before serving on the congressional staff, Young was a civilian senior staff officer at the National Security Agency. During his NSA assignments, he worked with the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Special Operations Command, the Joint Staff and multiple foreign military and intelligence partners.
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