• Nickolas Guertin, Nominee for Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense (right)
  • John Sherman, Nominee for Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense (left)

Nickolas Guertin, Nominee for Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense
Nickolas Guertin (right) has an extensive four-decade combined military and civilian career in submarine operations, ship construction and maintenance, systems engineering, and the development and testing of weapons, sensors and combat management products. Most recently, he has performed applied research for government and academia in software-reliant and cyber-physical systems for the past four years at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

Over his career, he has been in leadership of organizational transformation, improving competition, application of modular open system approaches, as well as prototyping and experimentation. He has also researched and published extensively on system design, testing and acquisition. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Bryant University. He is a retired Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer, was Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified in Program Management and Engineering, and is also a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical). He is also an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor for two local Scouts BSA troops as well as an avid amateur musician. He hails from Redding, CT and is a resident of McLean, VA with his wife Maria and their 14-year-old twin children.

John Sherman, Nominee for Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense
John Sherman (left) has nearly 25 years of experience working in national security technology and innovation across the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). He has most recently served as the Acting DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) and earlier as the IC CIO.  At each assignment he led modernizations involving large-scale government enterprises with cloud computing, cybersecurity, and collaboration capabilities. Previous to his time as a CIO, Mr. Sherman served as Deputy Director of CIA’s Open Source Enterprise, where he worked on open source intelligence by leveraging new technologies and interagency partnerships, and he also led several large offices at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency dealing with analysis, collection, and international partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Sherman has served as a Deputy National Intelligence Officer on the National Intelligence Council, where he coordinated strategic estimates on military topics and stood up the IC’s support to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Mr. Sherman began his IC career as an imagery analyst and later served in the White House Situation Room. 

Mr. Sherman grew up in rural Jackson County in South Texas. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&M University, where he led the 2,000-strong Corps of Cadets his senior year and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He also earned a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Houston. Following graduation from Texas A&M, he served as an Air Defense Artillery officer in the 24th Infantry Division. Mr. Sherman is married to Liz, who also works in national security, and they have two grown children.