• Mark Winn
  • Mark Winn
  • Title: Lecturer

Mark Winn is a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer and South Asia Security Affairs specialist who has dedicated over 30 years to faithfully serving our country’s national security interests. Mark has served in a multitude of challenging combat and contingency environments and has an extensive background working with U.S. Interagency and Foreign Partners. In addition to his command experience, Mark has served in a myriad of staff assignments which have been instrumental in crafting U.S. strategic defense policy.

Commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1988, Mark served on active duty for 26 years, leading Marines in both times of peace and conflict. Mark led Marines and coalition force during counterinsurgency and combat operation in the Philippines, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. While stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Mark served as the U.S. Military Team Leader for the Secondary Defense Force, a contingent of U.S. Interagency personnel which provided security augmentation to the U.S. Embassy in the event of a terrorist attack, civil disturbance, or natural disaster.

In addition to his extensive combat and South Asia experience, Mark has served in several key senior level staff assignments which directly influenced U.S. strategic defense policies. Of note, Mark led the United States Marine Corps’ long range strategic planning efforts in support of the Global War on Terror, as well as served as a U.S.-Pakistan Defense Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Upon retiring from the Marine Corps at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014, Mark continued his service to our country from the private sector, serving for three years as a Senior Defense Policy Analyst at the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, VA. Since 2018, Mark has been providing a wide range of consulting services to Fighter’s Heaven, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s training camp at Deer Lake, PA.

Mark holds a B.A. in Russian Language from Rutgers University, a M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a M.S. in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, in Chennai, India. Mark is a graduate of the Indian Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, India. He completed the Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s Hindi language and South Asia cultural training program, as well as the Defense Language Institute’s Urdu language training program. An avid runner and golfer, Mark currently resides in Occoquan, Virginia.

Course(s) Taught:

  • Introduction to Critical Intelligence Studies (01:790:292)
  • Politics of National Security (01:790:366)