John Hoffman

Colonel, USA, Retired Senior Research Fellow Food Protection and Defense Institute University of Minnesota

Col. John T. Hoffman is a Senior Research Fellow with the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at the University of Minnesota. He served in the United States Army in Military Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Anti-Terrorism roles including the protection of military supply systems against attack.

With a strong background in protecting the nation’s food supply infrastructure, he has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a Post-9/11 Appointee during the Bush Administration with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, prior to Joining FPDI. His current areas of focus are on improving the resilience of the nation’s food supply systems and to reduce risks to the complex supply chains that support the food and agriculture infrastructure. John has extensive experience in developing, operating, hardening and sustaining extensive cyber systems.

With the recent growth in cyber-attacks targeting our nation’s critical infrastructures, including the food and agriculture sector, John has focused on protecting the nation’s food supply chains from the impact of system disruptions, cascading consequences of cyber attacks on critical industries and the reduction of vulnerability to such attacks.