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John Cappello

Senior Fellow

Biography:

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to FDD’s MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

Russia Escalates Disinformation Campaign in Western Balkans

5th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia Escalates Disinformation Campaign in Western Balkans

John Cappello

Russia is entering a new phase in its disinformation campaign in the Western Balkans, escalating disinformation and propaganda, and aggressively pushing messages of inevitable war with the European Union and NATO. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th May 2017 – Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Western Balkans in Russia’s Crosshairs

John Cappello

As NATO prepares to add another small Balkan country to its ranks – Montenegro is expected to join on June 5 – the region that has long been torn between the East and the West, and plagued with internal ethnic, socioeconomic, and political tensions is once again showing signs of increased instability. more...

19th May 2017 – Quoted by The Business Times

Saudis said to forge US$6b Lockheed deal for littoral ships

John Cappello

Lockheed Martin Corp has reached a US$6 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia four of its Littoral Combat Ships as US President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom, people familiar with the transaction said. more...

18th May 2017 – Quoted by Anthony Capaccio and Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Saudis to Make $6 Billion Deal for Lockheed’s Littoral Ships

John Cappello

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17th April 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Propaganda Machine Sets Its Sights On The Balkans

John Cappello

Russian propaganda campaigns have become a serious concern for Western governments over the last year, but it’s Europe’s Balkan countries could be the Kremlin’s next major focus. more...