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Cory Simpson, CEO

Cory Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

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One of the nation’s leading experts on cyber security, national security, public policy, and emerging technology.

Cory Simpson, a distinguished leader in cybersecurity, national security, and technology policy, has taken on the role of CEO at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a leading nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. This role builds on his extensive experience as the founder and CEO of Gray Space Strategies, Inc., a firm specializing in helping builders, doers, and leaders connect to and navigate the Washington, D.C. and cybersecurity landscapes.


At ICIT, Cory spearheads initiatives focusing on the intersection of critical infrastructure, technology, and security. He is committed to guiding ICIT’s efforts toward developing and delivering actionable solutions that help people and ensure the security and resilience of the infrastructure that connects all of us and fulfills our foundational needs. 


Before founding Gray Space Strategies, Cory held leadership positions at Ankura and Resolute Strategic Services. His private sector achievements are underpinned by over two decades in the national security community, where he established himself as a pioneer in cybersecurity, public and foreign policy, emerging technologies, and national security law.


Cory served on active duty in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 2004 to 2016 and continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a legal advisor to the U.S. Army Cyber Command. Cory has spent most of his military career as a general counsel in the special operations and airborne communities, a prosecutor, and a national security law advisor. Multiple combat tours; several leadership roles; extensive trial and advocacy experience; and awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (X2), and Meritorious Service Medal (X3) highlight his distinguished military career.   


Cory is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on cybersecurity, national security, technology policy, and foreign relations. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law; a Master of Laws, Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA; and a BA in accounting with a minor in philosophy from Transylvania University. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, expert panels, policy forums, graduate-level national security special lectures, and podcasts. Many of his written works have been published in national and international outlets. 

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