COL Paul Craft
Director of Operations (J-3), JFHQ-DODIN
COL Paul G. Craft is the Director of Operations, J-3, for Joint Forces Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Networks (JFHQ-DODIN). He is responsible for the operational-level command and control of DODIN Network Operations and Defensive Cyberspace Operations for all DOD Networks and their functional synchronization and integration as a key subordinate organization of USCYBERCOM.
Colonel Paul G. Craft, a native of Piqua, Ohio, graduated in 1993 from the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Political Science. He later graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Science in Information Management and a Master of Business Administration. He earned a Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
His key leadership and staff assignments include in Platoon Leader as part of 10th Mountain Division in Port au Prince, Haiti (Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY); Company Commander, Alpha Company, 304th Tactical Signal Battalion, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea; Signal Integration Officer, Rapid Equipping Force, Combined Task Force-82, Bagram, Afghanistan (Operation ENDURING FREEDOM); Battalion S-3 and then Executive Officer, 30th Signal Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Brigade S-3, 516th Theater Strategic Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; and Major’s Assignment Officer, Signal Branch, Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia. Colonel Craft commanded 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, AZ, deploying the unit as part of 2010-2011 surge serving as Signal Task Force Commander for all Army communications units in southern and western Afghanistan and also as the J-6, US Forces-Afghanistan (South and Southwest Regions). After command, he served as the Department of the Army CIO/G-6’s Chief of the Strategic Initiatives Group in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his current assignment, COL Craft was the Brigade Commander for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Global Operations Command (DGOC) in Scott Air Force, Illinois. DGOC is the largest operational command within DISA and is responsible for the operations and defense of the DOD’s Information Network outer boundary, mid-tier Joint Regional Security Stacks, DISA’s global backbone infrastructure, DOD email security, operating and defending the DOD’s Big Data Platform known as Acropolis and DOD’s internet root name servers, along with the portion of the internet root structure assigned to the United States.
Colonel Craft’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Army Staff Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
He has been married for 24 years to the former Christina L. Francis from Troy, OH. They have one daughter, Katelyn, who is a 19 years old sophomore at Old Dominion University.