He retired from active duty in 2012 with 27 years in the US Air Force with an in-depth background in FAO activities, Attaché operations, Security Assistance/Foreign Military Sales and training, HUMINT, and as a defense linguist. His overseas Attaché/FAO and operational assignments included Germany, Netherlands, Denmark/Greenland, Saudi Arabia, Suriname, Panama, and Korea. His retirement assignment was as Deputy Director of HUMINT in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Since 2009, he has served as the President of the Foreign Area Officer Association (FAOA), the professional non-profit organization of FAOs, Attachés, and other DoD international affairs specialists (2200+ members currently) and the publisher of the world-class magazine, The FAO Journal of International Affairs. He also serves as a Federal Language Consultant with the National Language Service Corps (NLSC) of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).
Colonel Marisa has a Veterans’ Administration disability rating, qualifying HDS for SDVOSB status.
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Accomplished strategic legal advisor with unique combination of experience as in-house attorney across diverse industries and as outside counsel at high profile international law firms. A highly responsive, trusted and collaborative legal partner with keen business and legal judgment and insight, able to develop creative, practical and sound solutions to legal challenges that manage risk, protect business entities and maximize business opportunities. In companies, she advised senior executives (CEO, CFO, GC, VP level head of departments), and while at law firms she reported directly to and interacted daily with firm partners. She has a well-established reputation with clients and colleagues as having a solid substantive corporate skill set along with excellent strategic problem solving, issue-spotting, drafting and analytical abilities, and communication and relationship building skills. Board of Directors tested.
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Byrnes has a proven track record of enhancing innovation efforts and breaking down barriers between DoD/Intelligence Community and the private sector that is rooted in his passion for enhancing the United States defense posture by making meaningful contributions to overall mission success. His area of specialty is logistics, recruitment, assessing and improving intelligence collection & analysis capabilities, and enriching & securing innovative cloud-based platforms through a hybrid mix of development and counterintelligence. He has extensive and proven experience planning & implementing large-scale events and training exercises, as well as, designing, developing, and implementing open-source intelligence (OSINT) solutions designed for collection, visualization and predictive analytics. Byrnes has designed, implemented, and advised on a number of intelligence related projects. Byrnes provides counter-Intelligence training support to DIA’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA), specialized training support to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), training support to National Guard Bureau (NGB) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFP), training support to NGB Homeland Response Forces (HRF), and senior systems integration support to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He holds a MA in Intelligence Studies concentrated in Intelligence Analysis from American Military University (2014), a BS in Political Science concentrated in International Relations with a minor in Print Journalism and International Business from the University of Houston (2009), and is a Certified Entrepreneur and Certified Intrapreneur (2007) by the University of Houston.
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