Scott is a major in the U.S. Army and is currently the Executive Officer of the 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia
As the second-in-command and chief of staff of the 782nd, Scott is helping build the Army’s second battalion to conduct full-spectrum operations in cyberspace. Prior to this assignment, Scott served as an assistant professor in the Social Sciences Department at West Point, where he taught courses on international relations, national security strategy, and cyber policy and strategy.
Tactically, Scott commanded a military intelligence company based in Colorado, led an infantry scout platoon inside the DMZ as part of the UN Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Republic of Korea, and was the primary and assistant intelligence officer in two light infantry battalions. Operationally, he served as Special Assistant to two Commanding Generals in charge of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq. Strategically, Scott served as Special Assistant to the Senior Leadership Team that created the U.S. Cyber Command and later as Special Advisor in the Commander’s Action Group at U.S. Cyber Command.
Scott is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in American Politics. He received a Degree Fellowship to the East-West Center in Honolulu and holds a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaii. Additionally, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science from Stanford University, completing his dissertation on state-building in conflict-torn environments as a Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies’ Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Scott has also been a Fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center on Conflict and Negotiation as well as a Military-Business Dialogue Fellow at the Madison Policy Forum.
Handler resigned as a Young Leader on August 25, 2014 in order to serve as a 2014-2015 White House Fellow.