M. David Yaman, the son of a Foreign Service Officer, grew up in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute (VMI), and completed a masters degree in Intelligence Analysis Studies at Johns Hopkins University in December 2013. He is Level II Program Management certified by the Defense Acquisition University and Project Management certified by the Project Management Institute. Upon graduation from VMI in 2004, Mr. Yaman was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served twice as an Intelligence Officer over the course of two combat deployments to Iraq. Additionally, he led over 100 combat missions in support of counter insurgency efforts. Mr. Yaman also served as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Executive Officer with Company G, Second Battalion, Second Marines during the training and deployment with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Middle East. After his third deployment, he was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, but due to unfortunate events, he sustained serious injuries. He was transferred to Quantico, Virginia and his remaining time in the Marines was spent recovering from injuries and culminated with a two year tour as a Project Manager at Marine Corps Systems Command. As Project Manager, he managed an intelligence program in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Yaman was honorably retired from the Marines for service injuries in June of 2011. Upon leaving the military he spent a year as a contractor with CACI as an analyst. In July of 2012, Mr. Yaman joined the federal government and is working as a counterterrorism analyst with the Department of Defense.