John G. Merrill has a multifaceted background assessing
security-related threats in both domestic and international settings and devising effective
countermeasures to them for the public and private sectors.
Mr. Merrill's most recent employment was as director, Worldwide Security
for the 4th largest airline in the world, Northwest Airlines, Inc. In this
capacity he directed a host of internal programs aimed at strengthening the firm's personnel and physical plant security in light of existing threats
around the globe. In addition, he formulated a novel assessment project allowing the 100 plus NWA stations to understand and react to
vulnerability data regarding their unique, local-operating environments.
From 1976-1995, John Merrill held a variety of increasingly responsible
positions at the Central Intelligence Agency within first its Directorate of
Science and Technology (DDS&T) and then the Directorate of Operations
(DDO). These included working on the analytic side against worldwide naval, nuclear, and narcotic targets, to directing the air bridge built to
support the NATO effort in Bosnia from a base in Italy, to clandestinely collecting and assessing sensitive information on suspected terrorist cells
in the Middle East. He also operated from a site in the Southwest U.S. against
Narco-traffickers resident in Central and South America. The success of his assignments in the U.S. and abroad ultimately led to Mr.
Merrill's selection as Special Assistant to the Director with direct oversight
of sixteen domestic offices performing intelligence and security-related functions. During his eighteen years with the Central Intelligence Agency
Mr. Merrill received extensive training in paramilitary operations, VIP protection,
counter surveillance, defensive driving and information security.
The White House has recognized Mr. Merrill for his analytic and collection
skills during the Gulf War, as did NATO for his operational oversight of a
multinational intelligence liaison element during the Bosnia struggle.
Mr. Merrill served five years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy
during the Viet Nam conflict. He was involved in the aviation and air intelligence sides of the fleet.
John Merrill completed his Master's Degree at Tulane University in
International Relations and performed his undergraduate work in Political Science and American History at Rutgers College.