Ronald Marks

Ronald “Ron” Marks is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, Ron was a clandestine service officer and a Senate Liaison for five DCI’s. He went on to serve on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Council to Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole and Trent Lott.  


Currently President of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, Ron serves as member of the Council of Executives for Auburn University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security where he advises on cyber policy matters.  He has been a Standing Committee Member of the CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project for the past 20 years. And Marks is also a Director on the Foreign Ownership Control (FOCI) Board of Informatica Federal Operations Corporation, a software firm based in Redwood, CA. And he is a member of the Conrad Foundation Board of Advisors.  


Strongly interested in education, Marks is an Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University - Krieger School of Arts and Sciences - Advanced Academic Programs where he lectures Homeland Security Intelligence and Intelligence Ethics. And he is a Senior Instructor with The Intelligence and Security Academy lecturing on the process of national security budgeting, cyber policy, and intelligence community structure. 


After leaving government, Ron has been a successful senior defense contractor and a software executive. After leading national security business ventures at SAIC and SRA, Ron was picked to re-open British Telecom’s IT Federal Practice.  He was then hired to re-establish the Washington, D.C. office of Oxford Analytica, a UK based international consultancy firm, and led it for six years.  


In 2011, Ron was selected to be Director of Battelle Memorial Institute's Cyber Doctrine Program where he worked to delineate a United States Government Cyber Doctrine that frames the uses and limits of America’s cyber activities both domestically and internationally.  This effort resulted in the well-received 2012 Battelle report, “#Cyber-Doc--No Borders-No Boundaries.” 


In 2014, Marks was picked to establish and develop a new Cyber Program curriculum for the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.    


From 2016-19, Marks served as Chairman of the Intelligence and Cyber Program at the new Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in Washington, D.C. where he was invited by the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation to build its Intelligence and Cyber M.A. program. 


In addition to many journal articles and media appearances, Ron is author of the book: Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Changea book that focuses on the challenges and legalities of U.S. Domestic Intelligence collection in the Internet age.