Dr. Cyril Mark Taylor

Dr. Cyril “Mark” Taylor, is an appointed Civilian Senior Executive serving as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) which is a grade equivalent
to the SES. He serves as the Chief Technical Officer, Communications Systems for the United States Special Operations Command
(USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As CTO, he is responsible for the SOF Information Enterprise (SIE) multi-cloud
strategy, engagement with industry, academia, as well as fellow U.S. and international government agencies to identify future-innovative
technologies for incubation, cybersecurity compliancnd continuous integration & delivery. Additionally, he supports the optimization of
acquisition methods, business process improvement, and human capital management in perpetual service to USSOCOM’s 70,000+ global
community.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Taylor was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1993. He served in various branch qualifying roles as a Field Artillery Officer both in the 25th Infantry Division in Oahu, Hawaii and later the 3rd Infantry Division. Prior to his HQE appointment, Dr. Taylor was a Senior Technology Strategist with Microsoft, supporting the Department of Homeland Security through their Digital Transformation efforts and respective cloud journey. His primary technical background has been focused on federal cloud migration, network and data center design and implementation, as well as technical training to include IT certifications, undergraduate and graduate school.
EDUCATION
Military
1994 Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
1997 Field Artillery Officers Advanced Course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
1997 Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Services Staff School
(CAS3), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Civilian
1993 Bachelor of Arts, History, minor in English, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington,
Virginia
2008 Master of Science, Information Systems Technology, The George Washington
University, Washington, DC
2018 Doctor of Engineering, Engineering Management, The George Washington University,
Washington, DC
ASSIGNMENTS
Military
Feb 1994 – Feb 1997, Battery Executive Officer, 3/7 Field Artillery BN, 25th Infantry Division
Artillery, Fire Support Officer, 1/8 Field Artillery BN, 25th Infantry Division Artillery

Sep 1997 – Sep 1998, Battalion Fire Support Officer, 1/10 Field Artillery BN, 3BDE, 3rd
Infantry Division
Civilian
Dec 1999 – Dec 2000, Systems Administrator, Banyan Worldwide Systems
Feb 2000 – Aug 2006, Senior Network Design Engineer, SMS Data Products Group, Inc
Sep 2006 – Oct 2011, Chief Enterprise Architect, General Dynamics Information Technology
Oct 2011 – Dec 2015, Senior Systems Engineer, EMC2
Jan 2016 – Sep 2021, Senior Account Technology Strategist, Microsoft
DEPLOYMENTS
Jan – May 98: Senior Liaison Officer to 2BDE, 3rd ID, Kuwait, Operation Southern Watch
Jun – Jun 95: Fire Support Officer, 1BDE, 25th ID, Thailand, Operation Cobra Gold
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Military
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal with 1 device
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Civilian
OUSD AT&L, David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, 2002
General Dynamics Exemplary Leadership Award, 2007
EMC Tech Consultant of the Quarter, 2012, Q3
Microsoft Top Sales Team Award (100%+), 2020, 2017, 2016
BADGES
Airborne
Air Assault
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 21 May 1993
First Lieutenant 21 May 1995
Captain 21 May 1997