Melissa Burns

International Security Consultant

Booz Allen Hamilton

Ms. Melissa Burns has developed a diversity of knowledge and skills in her 20 years of professional experience across government, academic, non-profit, and private industry sectors. She is a strategic thinker with experience building relationships and managing teams to develop and enact strategic, operational, and contingency plans; assess and improve organizational processes; and cooperatively solve problems.  Ms. Burns brings an ability to evaluate performance against strategic goals and to build or improve business operations, systems, and processes to achieve complex missions.  She utilizes her skills and experience to facilitate disparate groups toward strategic outcomes, to tackle shared challenges, and advance common interests. 

Ms. Burns is currently working on international security issues with Booz Allen Hamilton, and has also supported a multi-billion dollar base restructuring effort in Korea.  Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Melissa provided consulting expertise at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command where she led a diverse network of stakeholders in establishing the region’s campaign strategy on non-traditional security threats, exploring the nexus of human and natural threats and developing international partnerships to address these complex issues.  Also at USINDOPACOM, she developed and managed an Office of Secretary of Defense-sponsored Science & Technology program aimed at identifying and testing industry solutions against specified requirements to improve resiliency of remote base camp locations and logistics. She has also supported development and testing of innovative Cyber-related Concept of Operations.

Before her work in the defense sector, Ms. Burns managed an international network in her role as Vice President in the water management and solar power industry. She has also consulted on a number of public health initiatives, developed outreach and marketing campaigns for private and nonprofit organizations, and utilized her skills in assessment and evaluation expertise to create innovative and effective organizational change for both local and national-level clients.

Ms. Burns holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University in Regional Planning and a Bachelors in Political Science from Binghamton University.  She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and symposia, and has co-authored several published articles. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer and has taught at the University level. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving, travel, and good food.

Melissa Burns

International Security Consultant

Booz Allen Hamilton

Ms. Melissa Burns has developed a diversity of knowledge and skills in her 20 years of professional experience across government, academic, non-profit, and private industry sectors. She is a strategic thinker with experience building relationships and managing teams to develop and enact strategic, operational, and contingency plans; assess and improve organizational processes; and cooperatively solve problems.  Ms. Burns brings an ability to evaluate performance against strategic goals and to build or improve business operations, systems, and processes to achieve complex missions.  She utilizes her skills and experience to facilitate disparate groups toward strategic outcomes, to tackle shared challenges, and advance common interests. 

Ms. Burns is currently working on international security issues with Booz Allen Hamilton, and has also supported a multi-billion dollar base restructuring effort in Korea.  Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Melissa provided consulting expertise at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command where she led a diverse network of stakeholders in establishing the region’s campaign strategy on non-traditional security threats, exploring the nexus of human and natural threats and developing international partnerships to address these complex issues.  Also at USINDOPACOM, she developed and managed an Office of Secretary of Defense-sponsored Science & Technology program aimed at identifying and testing industry solutions against specified requirements to improve resiliency of remote base camp locations and logistics. She has also supported development and testing of innovative Cyber-related Concept of Operations.

Before her work in the defense sector, Ms. Burns managed an international network in her role as Vice President in the water management and solar power industry. She has also consulted on a number of public health initiatives, developed outreach and marketing campaigns for private and nonprofit organizations, and utilized her skills in assessment and evaluation expertise to create innovative and effective organizational change for both local and national-level clients.

Ms. Burns holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University in Regional Planning and a Bachelors in Political Science from Binghamton University.  She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and symposia, and has co-authored several published articles. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer and has taught at the University level. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving, travel, and good food.