Cory Mills | Executive Chairman
Mr. Mills is a highly decorated combat veteran with experience in multiple theaters of operation. He is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of PACEM, which acquired AMTEC Less Lethal Systems, Inc., in 2018. For most of his adult life, Cory Mills has honorably served U.S. military, diplomatic, and USAID missions. After Mr. Mills was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he served as a subcontractor for the U.S. State Department from 2005-2010. During this time, he worked with thousands of diplomatic missions in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and the U.S. Consul in Erbil. In 2016, the Republic of Iraq credited PACEM with assisting operations which led to the raising of Iraq’s flag at the Fallujah Governor’s Office for the first time in nearly three years. Prior to this, ISIS was flying the flag of the Caliph in Fallujah. Mr. Mills is also a Member of the Dept of Defense (Pentagon) Defense Business Board, a member of the Council for National Policy, and a regular Newsmax “Insider” on national security issues under the banner, “Middle East Downrange.”
Andrew Knaggs | Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Knaggs currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for PACEM. Just prior to joining PACEM in 2020, Mr. Knaggs was a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 7th District of Virginia. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Knaggs served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism in the Trump Administration, where he led the Department of Defense's global policies and authorities for special operations, counterterrorism, irregular warfare, and information operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Knaggs founded a Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he advised small business clients on strategic growth and corporate legal matters. He is also a decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments in direct support of the Global War on Terror, who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat actions while serving as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer in command of a team of Green Berets. Mr. Knaggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Joseph Schmitz | Chief Legal Officer
Joseph E. Schmitz currently serves as the PACEM Chief Legal Officer. Previously, Mr. Schmitz served as the fifth Senate-confirmed Inspector General of the Department of Defense from April 2002 to September 2005. As such, he was agency head of the most expansive Inspector General organization in the world, with statutory policy oversight responsibility for roughly 60,000 auditors, investigators, inspectors, law enforcement officers, and oversight professionals throughout the Department of Defense. Mr. Schmitz graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford University in 1986.