Mark Kustra is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with over 23 years of experience in U.S. government service working on complex problem solving, stability operations, conflict management, national strategy, security assistance and security sector reform, peacekeeping, as well as leading and participating in teams of interagency and international counterparts. Throughout his career he has worked with a diverse group of civil and military interagency and international groups and organizations. He served primarily as a Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer in a variety of Command and Staff assignments. He served in service-level headquarters to the tactical unit level and deployed in support of operations in Kuwait, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as numerous other contingencies throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
His last assignment in uniform was as a Strategic Analyst in the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiatives Group where he looked at a range of issues related to interagency and stability operations as well as the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a member of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands Program, he served as a governance and development advisor in Marjah District, Helmand Province. Prior to this, Mark served as the Director of Joint Operations, Joint US Military Advisor Group-Thailand where he served on the Country Team and successfully provided training initiatives with Thai security forces focused on peacekeeping, counter narcotics, counter terror, counterinsurgency operations, and disaster relief.
Since he left active duty, Mark has served as an Adjunct Fellow for the American Security Project and consults on a variety of topics including security force assistance, stability operations, interagency and civil-military operations, crisis response operations, and Asian culture and history.