About John Gilligan

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John M. Gilligan is president and chief operating officer of Schafer Corporation, a technology-oriented government services company.  He is also co-chair of the AFCEA Cyber Committee and president of the Gilligan Group, Inc., an IT consulting firm.

Previously he served as senior vice president and director, Defense Sector, at SRA International, Inc.


Mr. Gilligan has over 25 years of managerial experience in leading large information technology organizations.  He has expertise in business strategy, organizational innovation, program implementation, and cyber security.

Leading large information technology organizations…expertise in business strategy, organizational innovation, program implementation, and cyber security

Mr. Gilligan has served as the Chief Information Officer for the United States Air Force and the U.S. Department of Energy.  He was program executive officer for Battle Management and Command and Control for the Air Force. He was a member of the Cyber Security Commission (formed to advise the 44th President) and as an advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on IT reform.

He serves as Chairman of the Boards of Directors for the Center for Internet Security and Cyber Griffin Inc. He is also on the boards of Schafer Corporation, the Software Engineering Institute, and Roundarch Isobar.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Gilligan has been a recipient of several honors and awards, including:

  • The Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • The Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award
  • The Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
  • Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders


M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A. in finance from Virginia Tech University

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