Mark Gorak, Department of Defense Director of Resources & Analysis

Mark Gorak

Department of Defense Director of Resources & Analysis

Mark Gorak is a native of Wisconsin. He has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from Marquette University, an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Post Graduate School. 

He served 33 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel. He was a helicopter pilot as well as flying fixed-wing aircraft. He commanded an aviation company, and later was an Army manpower analyst. He served with Joint Task Force Iraq. He chaired various military operations research working groups. 

He served 18 months as the director of people analytics within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Research Affairs. Prior to his current role, Gorak was Deputy Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. 

Gorak is married to Kristin, and they have five children. He is part owner of the Green Bay Packers. 

In the News…

The Defense Department released its strategy for increasing and improving its cyber workforce by recruiting, training, and retraining the best talent. 

“The department will attract, train, and promote a workforce with the skills and abilities we need to creatively solve national security challenges in a complex global environment,” said Mark Gorak, principal director for resources & analysis for the Department of Defense. 

Workforce challenges in the cyber sector have been an issue for the Defense Department.   

“I think the challenge here is a global challenge and specifically a national challenge of how do we create more talent, specifically in the cyber domain,” Director Gorak said.  


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