Josh Thiel completed 21 years of service in Special Operations. As a Special Forces Green Beret, he specialized in the Middle East, Indo Pacific Asia region, Counter Insurgency, Counter Terrorism, and Special Operations in great power competition. After years of leveraging Palantir tech solutions to super empower operations, he departed government to pursue game changing technological solutions.
Josh led large units at critical times for the nation. In 2018, he Commanded 2000 U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Troops along with 18,000 Afghan Commandos which conducted 85% of all combat operations. In 2019-2020, Josh was chartered to rebuild the Special Operations training environment across the U.S. to account for modern warfare, Russian, and Chinese capabilities. His final service was as the Chief Operating Officer for the division size element, Security Force Assistance Command, as they begun initial deployments across the globe for strategic partnership.
Josh is the author of six publications. He volunteers as an innovation hackathon judge to advise one the best technology in development for the warfighters. With two Master Degrees complete, he is working toward his Doctorate in Technology and Innovation through Purdue University.