John Tipton


B.A., East Tennessee State University


18 years


John Tipton is an HSEEP-certified Director with the Olson Group Ltd. with 18 years of experience as a training and exercise specialist, senior intelligence analyst, and program manager. Mr. Tipton currently supports the Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) program for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), which enhances the abilities of agencies and localities in Virginia to prepare for and respond to coordinated terrorist attacks.

Before joining the Olson Group, Mr. Tipton led numerous counter-terrorism, law enforcement, and intelligence programs domestically and abroad as a private contractor. As a consultant to INTERPOL,  Mr. Tipton supported counter-terrorism projects to target foreign fighter networks operating in conflict zones and served as a subject matter expert for DOD and other government agencies to prevent pirate networks in East Africa. The United Nations formally recognized the intelligence-driven counter-piracy work of Mr. Tipton and his team in Security Council Resolution 2020.

​As a consultant for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Tipton managed the Terrorism Prevention Exercise Program (TPEP) and conducted nationwide training exercises for Intelligence Fusion Centers. Additionally, he has led or participated in the design and conduct of numerous tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises at all levels of government and the private sector, including preparedness activities for National Special Security Events (NSSEs) such as National Political Conventions, the G8 Summit, and two Presidential Inaugurations.