Aaron G. Hughes

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Technology Policy Program
Associated Programs: Technology Policy Program

Aaron Hughes is a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of cyber policies, strategies, operations, and plans in support of Department of Defense (DoD) efforts in cyberspace. As the senior civilian responsible for DoD activities in the domain, he engaged regularly with the White House and departments and agencies across the U.S. government to assist in the formulation and review of whole-of-nation policies. Prior to his appointment with DoD, Mr. Hughes was vice president of intelligence community support at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel. In this role, he led the company’s engagement with the intelligence community and assisted in the prioritization of investment decisions and technology identification for In-Q-Tel’s partners. Earlier in his tenure with the company, he held a variety technical and operations-related roles focused on the identification, evaluation, and transition of innovative technologies for the intelligence community, as well as account leadership for the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining In-Q-Tel in 2008, Mr. Hughes was a manager at the consulting firm PRTM (since acquired by PwC), where he developed business and technology-focused strategies for public- and private-sector customers. Early in his career, he held software and network engineering roles with Lockheed Martin and AppNet Systems. Mr. Hughes is an active member of the Maryland Air National Guard, where he currently serves in the 175th Cyber Operations Group. He is a certified mission commander supporting the USCYBERCOM Cyber Mission Force and has served in a variety of roles focused on the acceleration of capabilities to the cyber enterprise. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in telecommunications and computers from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.