Dean Shultis is a Senior Operations Integrator with the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO). He spent the last year in Iraq supporting U.S. Conventional Forces, and U.S. and Coalition SOF Forces in the development of intelligence aimed at targeting enemy forces and developing an understanding of the ISIS’ threat networks and capabilities.
Dean has over 30 years’ of military experience including his career as an Army Infantry Officer culminating in June, 2016 as the J7, Joint Special Operations Command where, for several years, he oversaw an exercise program aimed at testing the capabilities of Joint Forces to react to enemy warfighting innovations such as the use of Improvised WMD, Social Media, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Dean has numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with conventional and special operations units and has observed firsthand the gradual evolution of enemy warfare to its current strain being executed in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has commanded Army units from Platoon through Brigade level.
In March, 2016, Mr. Shultis joined JIDO as an Operations Integrator with focus on the Daesh Task Force developing intelligence in support of ongoing operations throughout Iraq. From Sep 2016 to Sep 2017, Dean deployed to Iraq where he spent time at Taji, Erbil, and Baghdad supporting Train, Advise, and Assist operations from Battalion through Division level with his final job as JIDO’s Senior Operations Integrator in Iraq supporting the J2, 1st Infantry Division and then 1st Armor Division. He has extensive experience gained during that time working with the Division Force Protection, Electronic Warfare, Counter IED, Intel, and Operations Directorates.
Dean holds Masters Degrees from Fitchburg State University and the National War College. He is a graduate of the Joint Improvised Threat Analysis Course focused primarily on developing intelligence in support of enemy improvised threat capabilities such as IEDs, EUAS, IDF, Chem, etc.