Samuel T. Watkins Jr.
Samuel T. Watkins Jr., of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an experienced counterintelligence professional with prior military active-duty and private-sector experience in researching, developing, presenting, and publishing intelligence products at the tactical, operational, and strategic level. As a cybersecurity program analyst, he supports cyberspace operations, training, and exercises; supports the development and use of cybersecurity weapons systems, programs, and capabilities; and maintains awareness of cybersecurity weapons training requirements, certifications, and instructional developments. Watkins is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He has received the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Award in 2009 and was nominated for the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the 2009 recipient of the Excelsior College Alumni Association’s C. Wayne Williams Award for outstanding academic achievements and professional, personal, and community contributions. A 1999 graduate of Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, Watkins also earned an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. Leo University and a Master of Public Administration—Criminal Justice Track from Columbus State University.