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Jonathan Ross

By my own admission, my path in life thus far has been perhaps less linear and obvious than conscious choice would dictate, a reflection I suppose of a writer’s temperament. This journey has provided me with a wealth of experiences ranging from opportunities to spend time at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, to visits to the Pentagon and the air bases of key NATO allies in the performance of my duties. Since 2013, my “day job” has focused on Aerospace & Defense, where I am an executive specializing in strategy, program management, and business development for a privately held defense manufacturing firm, responsible for leading efforts internationally in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, and supporting such efforts in other parts of Europe and the Indo-Pacific regions. From 2017 to 2020, over a 39-month period, I helped lead a joint Lockheed Martin Aeronautics | Marvin Engineering Co. | University of Texas, El Paso Team, under U.S. Air Force sponsorship, to win a prestigious Nunn-Perry Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for our superior results in the OSBP Mentor-Protégé Program. I opportunistically continue to offer management and communications consulting services, including business and creative writing, building on past Los Angeles-based experience in the Entertainment and Technology fields serving in creative, program/project management, and marketing-oriented roles for a variety of employers. While waiting for my “real life to begin,” I’m also a dedicated martial artist (primarily Krav Maga and Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu, with Xingyi Quan and Tai Chi Quan experience), outdoorsman (with a keen interest in tracking), guitarist, and on some level at least, aspiring alchemist. Since my adolescence, I’ve been fascinated by Eastern wisdom traditions including Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and Taoism (married together through Shaolin Temple teachings) and Native American cultures, which in my own life and philosophy I’ve sought to reconcile with Western ideals of independence and self-reliance. I count among my inspirations the writer John Fusco and Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter. Perhaps most importantly, I’m father to a child that I hope will be a far better human than me.

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