After 14 years in industry and 18 years in government,
I founded Escape Velocity, a boutique national security advisory firm. I am all about the mission, and my current mission is to marshal my extensive and diverse industry and government experience on behalf of innovators and patriots.

In 2018, at the request of the Director of National Intelligence, JP founded and served as the first-ever U.S. Intelligence Community Space Executive. The Space Executive is the principal space policy advisor to the Director of National Intelligence and also serves as the National Intelligence Manager (NIM) for space related threats to national security.

Previously, JP served as Special Advisor for Space, Cyber, Intelligence, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Science and Technology to the Vice President of the United States. In addition to representing the Vice President on national security matters addressed by the National Security Council, JP had leadership roles in reestablishing the National Space Council, drafting the National Strategy for Space, and helping update the national cybersecurity strategy for the U.S.

Prior to the White House appointment, JP was the founding Technical Director of the Intelligence Community Security Coordination Center, which was created to coordinate the cyber defense of the 17 agencies comprising the U.S. Intelligence Community, and which is one of seven Presidentially designated Federal Cybersecurity Centers.

Other experience:

  • Information Technology: CIO acquisition and source selection responsibilities for the adoption of the Intelligence Community cloud infrastructure;
  • Innovation Management: 14 years in industry managing advanced research and development for the most innovative organization in the world, DARPA;
  • Legislative and Oversight: Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee and Analyst for the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Graduate of Arizona State University and the Claremont Graduate University, with coursework at Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools