John Johns is the CEO of Gryphon Defense Group, an investment firm that focuses on operationalizing critical, advanced, and disruptive technologies and processes that offer the potential to radically improve weapon system performance, readiness, and sustainment. Previously, Johns was Director, Strategy and Global Relations, Northrop Grumman Technology Services. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Johns served seven years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance. He has deployed twice in support of security operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His past executive assignments included technology development, engineering, program management, and logistics positions with both the Army and Navy.