John Boyd

Assistant Director, Futures Identity, Office of Biometric Identity Management
Department of Homeland Security


John M. Boyd is the Assistant Director, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM is the lead entity in DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Leading the Futures Identity team, Mr. Boyd’s responsibilities include overseeing science and technology activities related to biometrics and identity services as well as special projects involving interagency and international partners, industry, and academia.

As a civilian, Mr. Boyd was a line manager for ECS Federal, LLC, leading an Agile software development team that developed, maintained, and tested the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) software.

In a government position, Mr.Boyd served as the Director, Defense Biometrics and Forensics, in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics/Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering within the Department of Defense. Mr. Boyd was responsible for conducting Secretary of Defense Principal Staff Assistant-level responsibilities for oversight of all aspects of the defense biometric and forensic enterprise.

As a Captain in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Boyd served on active duty as the Director, Naval Identity Management, on the Secretary of the Navy staff. He interacted and coordinated with numerous Government departments in advancing technologies, policies, and human factors to improve applications of digital identities. Captain Boyd drove development of a handheld biometric device supporting Navy, Marine Corps, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service operational needs. Previously, he commanded the Reserve Component unit of the Navy Headquarters Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education organization.

As a civilian, he worked as a program manager for Battelle Memorial Institute, supporting Joint Staff J-8, then Navy Headquarters Staff, in the field of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense, as well as anti-terrorism/force protection. Additionally, Mr. Boyd managed highly hazardous chemical plants for a variety of companies across the United States.

Mr. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Virginia Military Institute. He earned Master of Art degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Operations Analysis and the U.S. Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force from 1982 to 1994 and in the U.S. Navy Reserves until 2012.


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