Mission Area Executive, National Security Analysis
Isaac Porche is mission area executive for National Security Analysis at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, guiding the mission area as it combines innovative technical knowledge and operational analysis to create emerging capability solutions to national security challenges. He was previously deputy director and head of the Communications, Information, and Navigation Office at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State. He spent two decades at the RAND Corporation as a senior engineer and then as the first director of the Acquisition and Development program in RAND’s Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center. He was also the associate director of the Forces and Logistics program in RAND’s Army Research Division. Porche served as a research scientist and chief engineer at General Dynamics Mission Systems and lectured for Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute of Politics and Strategy. He has authored many peer-reviewed reports, conference papers, op-eds, and presentations and publications, including congressional testimony and the book, Cyberwarfare: An Introduction to Information-Age Conflict. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Southern University and A&M College.