Col. Dan Bennett is an Academy Professor (Cyber Basic Branch) joining the Army Cyber Institute in 2015. He is currently serving a one year operational experience as the Infrastructure and Special Projects lead for the Commander of the Cyber National Mission Force at Ft. Meade, MD. He will return to the ACI to lead research full time in the summer of 2017. Col. Bennett came to the ACI from the Department of Electrical Engineering Computer Science (EECS) Department at the U.S. Military Academy and still teaches as an Assistant Professor in the Department.
Col. Bennett was commissioned an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate as a Signal Officer in 1994. His first assignment was with the 11th Signal Brigade at Ft. Huachuca, AZ from the summer of 1995 until the summer of 1998 where he was a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant and then Rear Detachment Battalion S3 when the S3 deployed with a Company+ to Kuwait. Following Signal Officer Advanced Course and Combined Arms and Services Staff School his next operational assignment was as the Brigade Signal Officer for the 18th Military Police Brigade in Mannheim, Germany from April 1999 – December 2000 which also included brief deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo. He then commanded A/440th Signal Battalion as part of the 22nd Signal Brigade in Darmstadt, Germany from December of 2000 – July 2002. Following Germany and graduate school, Col. Bennett then taught in EECS from the summer of 2004 – summer of 2007. After EECS he went to serve as the lead network engineer (FA 24) for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from the summer of 2007 – summer of 2009 which included 15 months as the Director of the Joint Network Operations and Security Center for Combined Joint Task Force – 101 in Afghanistan.
Col. Bennett is a graduate of schools that include: Army Command and General Staff College (ILE), COMSEC Custodian Course, Combined Army and Services Staff School, Signal Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, Network Nodal Manager’s Course, and Airborne School. His awards include the Bronze Star. He is a senior member of the IEEE and his academic expertise is primarily in the area of analog, digital and wireless communications and networking and convex optimization.