Schafer Corporation, a scientific, engineering and operational support organization providing high-end technical solutions to mission critical challenges, appoints John M. Gilligan President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Gilligan has over 25 years of managerial experience in leading large organizations with expertise in business strategy, organizational innovation, program implantation, and cyber security. “John’s diverse background not only provides a solid foundation for the Schafer team, but will be paramount in strengthening our current business base and expanding into new areas,” said Dr. Michael Griffin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schafer Corporation. “His expertise and proven leadership will be vital as we continue to grow the company.”

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Gilligan was President of Gilligan Group, a Virginia based IT and cyber consulting firm. Prior to founding the Gilligan Group, he was a senior vice president and director, Defense Sector, at SRA International, Inc. 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 (PEO) 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. Mr. Gilligan served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team focusing on IT within the DoD and Intelligence Communities He serves as Chairman of the boards of directors for the Center for Internet Security, Cyber Griffin Inc., and HDT Global, Inc. He is also on the boards of Schafer Corporation, the Software Engineering Institute, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Mr. Gilligan has been a recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders to name a few. He earned an M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.B.A. in finance from Virginia Tech University.