I am the co-founder, chairman and president of ThorGroup GmbH (j.sheldon@thorgroup.ch), an independent strategy, space, and cyberspace consulting firm based in Switzerland. I am also the publisher of SpaceWatch.Global, an independent  provider of space business and geopolitical intelligence, focusing especially on emerging space powers and New Space. I currently live and work in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Previously, I have worked as the Executive Director at the George C. Marshall Institute, Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow in Security Studies (non-resident) at the Munk School for Global Affairs’ Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto, Canada; member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science, United Kingdom; Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC; and as an Associate at Cityforum Ltd., United Kingdom.

Prior to those appointments I taught and researched space and cyberspace strategic studies as a professor at the U.S. Air Force’s School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. I have also worked at the U.K.-based Centre for Defence and International Security Studies and the British Diplomatic Service. As well as being an internationally recognized expert on national security space and cyberspace strategic issues, I have consulted for governments on policy and strategic matters.

I hold a B.A. (Hons.) in Politics and International Relations, and an M.A. in Security Studies, from the University of Hull, U.K. I earned my Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading, U.K.

The opinions expressed in this blog, and other materials, are mine alone and do not represent the views of ThorGroup GmbH and SpaceWatch.Global, or any of my other current and previous employers and affiliations.

E-mail: john.b.sheldon@gmail.com

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