Mark Kelton

Senior Advisor

Mark Kelton is a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) executive with 34 years of experience in intelligence operations. Mr. Kelton’s career included more than sixteen years of overseas service, to include four assignments in key CIA field leadership positions.  He concluded his career as Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence (DDNCS/CI), one of the most senior ranking positions in the Clandestine Service.  Directing CIA’s counterintelligence and counterespionage programs, Mr. Kelton led the team that protected the nation’s most closely guarded secrets.  Mr. Kelton has comprehensive expertise in intelligence operations, international security issues, detection of insider threats, assessment of counterintelligence risk, and crisis management.

Mr. Kelton is a recipient of the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, the 2015 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Intelligence Officer, the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Donovan Award and a number of other awards.

An Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Mr. Kelton is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Daniel Morgan Academy and the Valley Forge Military College; is an Advisory Board Director member for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative; and is on the Insider Threat Subcommittee of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.