Matthew J. Shoemaker Former Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy Reserve Matthew Shoemaker is a former Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy Reserve. He left the DIA as a China nuclear forces intelligence officer working closely with Strategic Command and his last overseas assignment was with European Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, where he served on the Russia desk.
A 7th generation Ohioan and raised in a hard-working military and law enforcement family in North Olmsted, Matt’s ties to Northeast Ohio run deep. His ancestors served their Ohio community for almost 200 years including serving in the Continental militia in the American Revolution.
Starting as a paper delivery boy and later at the local grocery store, Matt worked throughout his undergraduate education while still serving his community with the Knights of Columbus. He went on to graduate from George Washington University and then attended Mount St. Mary’s University for his masters. After his doctoral studies in nuclear war strategy at King’s College London, he moved to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to work for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet as a contractor in supply-chain management.
In 2017, Matt returned to Washington, DC to accept a position as a counterintelligence officer with the Pentagon’s intelligence agency. He was assigned to the Russia desk in Quantico, Virginia as analytic support to operations and later was stationed at RAF Alconbury in the United Kingdom for several years where he led soldiers and sailors at European Command’s intelligence center. There, he was assigned to one of the most rigorous portfolios as an Eastern European expert on Russia and Ukraine.
In 2019, while still in the UK, Matt commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserve under President Trump. The proudest moment in Matt’s life was when he received his first salute from his dad, Coast Guard Command Master Chief Kurt Shoemaker, at his retirement ceremony in Cleveland. For one week, Matt and his dad served together in the military.
Matt continued his Navy training at Newport News, Rhode Island, and Norfolk, Virginia and received a certificate in Strategic Defense Policy from the U.S. Army War College. After finishing his overseas assignment with European Command, Matt returned home to lead the China nuclear forces team at DIA.
In January 2021, Matt filed a lawsuit against President Biden in federal court over his unconstitutional executive order banning Americans from returning to the United States without submitting to medical searches. He has also published articles for numerous publications including RealClearDefense, Defense IQ, and International Relations Today.