Shawn TurnerThe Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is pleased to announce that Shawn Turner is the new Information Operations Program Chair.

The President of the Academy, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, said, “We’re fortunate to have Professor Shawn Turner as the new Chairman of our Information Operations Department. Professor Turner brings deep real world experience to the Academy’s Information Operations program, given his recent work at the White House and ODNI, preceded by over 20 years as a Marine Corps officer.”

Shawn Turner served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a senior executive in the U.S. Intelligence Community. In government he held positions as the Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs for the National Security Council, the Director of Communication for U.S. National Intelligence, and the Deputy White House Press Secretary for National Security and Intelligence issues.

At the office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Turner was responsible for managing and coordinating all external communication on behalf of the 16 agencies and components that make up the Intelligence Community. He also served as senior advisor and spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence. At the White House and the NSC Mr. Turner was the principal spokesperson for U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2011 and the he helped develop and execute the U.S. government’s approach to communicating intelligence reform in 2014.

Mr. Turner is the co-author of “Best Practices in Risk Communication for National Defense” published in The Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security. He previously taught communication research methods at George Mason University and has lectured on communication strategy at government agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Turner received his B.A. degree in communication studies from Texas State University and his M.A. degree in communication from George Mason University.

During the past decade Mr. Turner was named one of Washington DC’s top decision makers by the National Journal (2013) and has earned recognition as an outstanding alumnus from both Texas State and George Mason Universities. In 2015 Mr. Turner earned the Intelligence Community Leadership Award he is a 2016 recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) is a new, independent, non-profit graduate school in downtown Washington, DC that specializes in tailoring its graduate degree programs to the specific needs of our students who are serving or seeking a career in the US national security community.

Its three Master’s programs (IntelligenceNational SecurityInformation Operations) provide the framework through and in which students can advance themselves academically, personally and professionally.

A scholar-practitioner faculty impart and ensure optimum understandings of real world events, and a strong cadre of visiting instructors supplements the classroom experience through simulation and presentation.