Colonel John McDonough

Colonel John McDonough (US Marines, Ret.) is a senior member of the client advisory team focusing on commander’s intent and organizational change. Previously, he served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 1992-2016.  He commanded units from the platoon to brigade level, as well as several Joint and staff assignments including the Pentagon and NORAD & US Northern Command.

John served multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Western Pacific.  He’s commanded a Marine infantry battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and a joint and special operations task force in Anbar Province, Iraq.

Additionally, John served at US Marine Headquarters at the Pentagon to integrate service plans, policies and capabilities across the Marine Corps, joint services and allied agencies.  At NORAD and US Northern Command, he served as Deputy, Commander’s Initiative Group where he led strategic planning teams in the integration of defense, interagency, multi-national and private sector policy.  While at NORAD and US Northern Command, John also served as the Operations Chief within command center where he directed the activities of a bi-national team defending North America from threats across the air, sea, space, land and cyber domains.

Upon leaving active duty, John led organizational change and digital transformation efforts for General Electric, Corporate Headquarters.

Colonel McDonough holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University as well as Masters Degrees in Organizational Management, Military Science, National Security Strategy from the University of Phoenix, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College, respectively.