Vice President of Strategic Engagements
COL(R) Johnny Cochran is Shield AI’s Vice President of Strategic Engagements. Johnny is a visionary change agent with over 25 years of US Army service. Johnny’s extensive military career culminated in his role as the Director of the DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF), where he served as a direct report and advisor to the Secretary of Defense in a two-star Senior Executive Service position. In this role, he was responsible for guiding the program management, strategic planning, defense acquisition, military programs oversight, direct congressional engagement, and program resourcing of close combat lethality initiatives on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. Upon retiring from his military career, Johnny worked as a National Security Fellow for Senator Mike Rounds (SD), in support of his responsibilities on the Senate Armed Services and Veteran Affairs committees. Johnny is a graduate from Occidental College, commissioned into the service through the University of California Los Angeles, and studied at the prestigious National War College to receive a degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Johnny also holds his MBA from Webster University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness, and Operation Renewed Hope, a foundation dedicated to ending veteran homelessness.