Staff

    Mr. J.D. Canty is a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities.  Mr. Sparks joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Fellow at CETO in August of 2008.  Mr. Canty conducts research in support of Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate / Commanding General Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. 

     Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Canty served over 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. His major assignments included squadron and group command, Director of the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University, MAGTF planner at II MEF G-5, and PACOM Area Officer, Information Operations and Special Technical Operations, J-3, Joint Staff.  He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Middlesex Polytechnic, Potters Bar, Enfield, London, U.K.  Additionally, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, receiving a Master’s in Military Studies, and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. where he received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.

     Mr. Canty has extensive experience in Marine Corps and Joint operations, wargaming and case study development.