Colonel C. Derek Campbell, USMCR, a native of Washington, DC, graduated in 1994 from the University of Maryland with a degree in Technology and Management. He received his commission in the United States Marine Corps that same year and was later designated as a Signals Intelligence Officer (MOS 0206) upon completion of the Cryptologic Division Officer’s Course (Pensacola, FL). Colonel Campbell’s first fleet assignment was to Camp LeJeune, NC where he served on the operations staff of 2d Radio Battalion and with the II MEF G2 (Intelligence Department) as the Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the 2nd Marine All-source Fusion Center. In 1999, he was sent to the Marine Air Ground Task Force
Intelligence Officer’s Course (Dam Neck, VA), where he was designated a MAGTF Intelligence Officer (MOS 0202) and returned to
Camp LeJeune as the G2 Collections Manager for the 50,000 member strong II Marine Expeditionary Force, serving with 2nd Intelligence Battalion.
In 2000, Colonel Campbell was assigned for three years as the Assistant Director of Regular Officer Programs and as the Marketing
Operations Officer at Marine Corps Recruiting Command (Quantico, VA). He returned to conducting intelligence operations via an
assignment as the Officer-in-Charge of the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center for 1st Intelligence Battalion (Camp Pendleton,
CA) during their deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in early 2003.
In mid-2003, Colonel Campbell was selected for the Marine Corps Attaché Program and attended the Joint Military Attaché School at theDefense Intelligence Agency (DIA). From 2004-2006, he served as the U.S. Marine & Naval Attaché to Nigeria. While in this assignment, he was principal lead for all Gulf of Guinea maritime security initiatives and issues surrounding the Niger Delta militant insurgency. During most of 2005, Colonel Campbell was dispatched to Afghanistan for service in Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2007, Colonel Campbell accessed into the Marine Corps Reserve component as the Marine for Life Representative in Washington, DC.
In 2009, he was designated a G-5 Plans Officer and Military Exercise Engagement Officer for Marine Forces Africa through 2013.
In 2014, Colonel Campbell was selected as the J-5/Chief of Military Plans for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – a
Chapter VII Peace Enforcement Mission of 12 infantry battalions and 15 military enabler units comprised of forces from over 22 nations. Upon returning from South Sudan, he was selected to attend the Marine Corps Civil-Military Operations School (MCCMOS) (Quantico, VA) where upon graduation he was designated as a Civil-Military Operations Officer (MOS 0530). Upon earning this designation and completion of the Civil- Military Operations Planners Course, Colonel Campbell was designated a Senior Civil-Military Operations Instructor at MCCMOS.
In 2016, he was seconded as a civilian on a special assignment by the U.S. Special Envoy’s Office on South Sudan to serve as a Special
Security Advisor in charge of leading the South Sudanese Ministry of Interior in the development and implementation of its Joint Operations Center, which is charged with de-militarizing and establishing police primacy for security in the capital city of Juba, South Sudan.
Based on his many distinguished assignments and operational experiences in Africa, the Marine Corps designated Colonel Campbell as a Regional Affairs Officer – Africa (MOS 8225). Colonel Campbell is currently mobilized by the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (Quantico, VA) as the Marine Liaison Officer to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) where he oversees all
Marine Corps efforts pertaining to Counter-IED, Counter-UAS, Counter- Tunnel and the like.
Colonel Campbell, who completed operational tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan, holds the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal among his many military decorations. In his civilian capacity, Colonel Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc., a critical energy infrastructure asset protection company. He is a regular on the international Oil & Gas/Energy circuit speaking as an authority on topics such as the Extractive Industry in Western & Central Africa, political dynamics of Oil & Gas in Africa, and Energy Security.