At Home and Abroad

Dr. Stockton’s service as ASD also laid the foundations for his ongoing work to strengthen international collaboration with key US security partners. As Acting US co-chair of the US-Canada Permanent Joint Board of Defense, Dr. Stockton helped reshape the focus of binational cooperation on emerging threats.

Committees and Councils


    Department of Energy
    Electricity Advisory Committee


    Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
    Science and Technology Committee


    INL Strategic Advisory Council


    Johns Hopkins University
    Applied Physics Laboratory


    Analytic Services, Inc.
    Board of Directors


    National Institute for Hometown Security


For decades, Dr. Stockton has deepened security partnerships with US allies around the globe. Prior to becoming ASD, he founded and led the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, which helps nations in Africa, Eastern Europe, and other regions strengthen democratic control over their armed forces. As ASD, he led the creation of the US-Mexico Defense Bilateral Working Group and served as the Acting U.S. Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Permanent Joint Board of Defense (the premier organization for defense policy coordination between the two nations). He currently collaborates on cyber resilience with experts in Israel, the United Kingdom, and other US security partners.


From 2013 until 2021, Dr. Stockton served as Managing Director of Sonecon LLC, a strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC. Prior to becoming ASD, he was a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He also led the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the nation’s premier graduate education program in the field, and was NPS’ Associate Provost for Institutional Development. Dr. Stockton previously served as Research Associate for the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as Legislative Assistant for defense, foreign relations and intelligence for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan – a truly wonderful mentor and public servant.


  • Ph.D. - Harvard University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College

Paul Stockton Achievements


Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (DoD’s highest civilian award), June 2011 and January 2013
Department of Homeland Security, Distinguished Public Service Medal, January 2013
Department of the Navy Medal for Superior Civilian Service, 2006




Mission Assurance Strategy - Department of Defense
April 2012
Department of Defense - Defense Science Board Task Force on Cyber Deterrence
February 2017
Homeland Security Advisory Council Final Report: Information Communications and Technology Risk Reduction Subcommittee
November 2020
Strengthening Mission Assurance Against Emerging Threats: Critical Gaps and Opportunities for Progress (JFQ 95, 4th Quarter 2019) by Paul N. Stockton
Secure Sharing of Electric Distribution Grid Data by Dr. Paul N. Stockton
January 29, 2021
Strengthening the Cyber Resilience of North American Energy Systems by Paul Stockton
August 2020
Defeating Coercive Information Operations in Future Crises.
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