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Matthew Shannon Stumpf

Vice Director for Joint Force Development-Integration, J7

Mr. Matthew Stumpf poses for a portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Mar. 29, 2024. (U.S. Army photo by Christopher Kaufmann)

Mr. Matthew Shannon Stumpf is Vice Director for Joint Force Development and Design Integration, Joint Staff J7.  As Vice Director, Mr. Stumpf is responsible for leading the adaptation and innovation of the future globally integrated, joint, and partnered Joint Force.  

He was previously Senior Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leading strategy, policy, innovation, international relations, and industry engagement initiatives for three Vice Chairmen.  Before that, as Director of Strategy for United States Forces in Korea, the bilateral U.S.-South Korea Combined Forces Command, and the multilateral United Nations Command, Mr. Stumpf advised the Command leadership on strategy and the political-military situation in Korea and the Asia-Pacific. He advanced U.S. and Alliance strategy through heightened and decreased tensions with North Korea and political transitions in both the United States and South Korea. He also served in Korea as Acting Director for Political-Military Engagement and Deputy Director for Strategic Communications. In these roles, he advised the Alliance’s working groups on Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense and biodefense cooperation.

Before serving in Korea, Matt was Director of the Washington Office of Asia Society, Special Assistant to the Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Program Officer for International Peace and Security at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State.

Mr. Stumpf received his Master’s in Public Policy in 2002 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his B.A. in International Relations in 1999 from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named the Elliott School’s Distinguished Scholar. Matt has commented on events and policy related to Asia in the New York Times, the Atlantic Online,, Reuters, and