ANSER | Patrick Sharon
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Patrick Sharon


Patrick Sharon

Mission Area Director, Joint Operations

Patrick J. Sharon (Colonel, U.S. Army, retired) provides strategic leadership with emphasis on business planning and development, organizational management and development, and quality assurance. He provides leadership for two Division Managers, two senior-level direct reports, and 25 employees. He is accountable for developing and maintaining a complex contract portfolio that generates approximately $5 million to $10 million in annual revenue and includes work for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Defense University, and Marine Corps Headquarters. He operates with a 2- to 3-year planning horizon, reporting directly to the Vice President for Joint Operations Analysis.

Mr. Sharon has over 30 years’ experience in national security and defense policy, strategy, and capabilities development, with 10 years of senior national security policy, strategy, and plans experience with the Joint Staff, combatant commands, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including directing the development and approval of joint chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense warfighting requirements and established priorities for CBRN defenses for the Defense Department. He has a proven track record of success in the CBRN defense areas and in leading large, complex organizations, developing teams and subordinates, and managing administration, personnel, and resources.

Mr. Sharon joined ANSER in 2012, serving as senior expert and business developer for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Before his promotion to Mission Area Director, he served as Manager of the Joint Warfighting Division at ANSER. Before joining ANSER, Mr. Sharon was a senior Countering WMD Subject Matter Expert, Program Manager, and Business Developer with Booz Allen Hamilton from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Sharon retired from the U.S. Army after a 26-year career serving in challenging command and staff assignments, culminating with his assignment as Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense, the Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate (J-8), the Joint Staff, at the Pentagon, where he served from December 2006 until April 2009. Key senior staff and command assignments included Deputy Director for Counterproliferation Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; Commander, 84th Chemical Battalion; and Counterproliferation Planner at the Nuclear and Counterproliferation Division, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5), the Joint Staff.

Mr. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama; a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University; a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Master of Science degree in National Resources Strategy from the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

He has received numerous military awards: the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Award, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), and Army Achievement Medal. Other decorations include the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, and Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal.

Mr. Sharon is married to the former Michele Dunn of Bethesda, Maryland. They have three daughters: Katherine, Kelly, and Meghan.