Major General (ret) David Morris
Chief Executive Officer
Major General David A. Morris, US Army (Ret), and a retired Senior Intelligence Executive is an independent advisor and consultant in the fields of defense and leadership. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board for the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting Special Forces Soldiers and their families. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Special Forces Scholarship Fund, the Board of Advisors of Adhesys Medical, Inc, and the National Special Forces Green Beret Memorial™. He has previously served on other Advisory Boards in the private sector. He is a Fellow of the American College of National Security Leaders and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Morris subsequently served in Infantry and Special Forces assignments, including tours in the war in El Salvador, duty as the operations officer for an in-extremis force, and as a Special Forces instructor.
As an Army reserve officer, Morris served with multiple Special Operations organizations including a Special Mission Unit and the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). In 1991, he was mobilized for Operation DESERT STORM, serving at USSOCOM. After the 9/11 attacks, Morris returned to active duty for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and led a sensitive project for support to Special Operations Forces worldwide. He deployed for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he commanded a Special Operations Task Force.
Morris was later promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) (USACAPOC (A)). He was then returned to full-time active duty, promoted to Major General and assumed command of USACAPOC (A) where he was responsible for 12,000 personnel, global operations and budgets of $100M. In 2009, Morris was assigned to US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), where he served as the Deputy Director for the Joint Capability Development Directorate and later as the Director of the Joint Irregular Warfare Center, which included duties as the Department of Defense Executive Agent for Joint Urban Operations. In these positions, he led multiple expert teams in collaborating across the Department of Defense and influenced the investment or redirection of millions of dollars by the Pentagon and Services. Morris retired with over 36 years of active and reserve service, with multiple combat deployments across the globe.
As a civilian, Morris service in the intelligence community included the Central Intelligence Agency and multiple intelligence organizations across the Defense Department. His specialties included Human Resources Intelligence, strategic planning, budgeting, and programming. As a Senior Intelligence Executive, he led diverse teams of experts, programmed and executed annual budgets exceeding $50M; influenced programs worth hundreds of millions, and was hand-picked to lead a special project in Afghanistan.
Morris is regarded as a Subject Matter Expert in both Special Operations and Intelligence. After retirement, he served as Vice President of Special Operations and Intelligence Strategy for DynCorp International. He was the Senior National Security Advisor to James Madison University as well as an adjunct professor with the American Public University System, teaching graduate courses related to Special Operations and Joint Warfare. Morris has been a guest lecturer at the Naval Post Graduate School and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He was the Keynote speaker of the 2013 Citadel Security and Intelligence Conference and has thrice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Army Birthday Gala in New York City.
Morris holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a triple major from Golden Gate University and is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College. His most significant awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, the Republic of Colombia Lancero Badge (Ranger), and the jump wings of nine foreign nations. He also received the 2009 John H. Hilldring Award of the Civil Affairs Association.