Eric Lyon retired in the summer of 2022 after a career in the U.S. Army. Most recently, Eric completed the Yale Global Executive Leadership Program through the Yale School of Management where he learned the spectrum of business best practices from leading industry experts. Prior to this, Eric assessed the strategic impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on European energy policy, guiding a discussion with U.S. energy leaders. Eric is also writing a book on the global lithium value chain where he analyzes upstream and downstream dynamics as they relate to all aspects of lithium-ion battery production. Eric is the CEO of GW Strategies, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business focusing on investing intelligence relating to the green energy space.
Eric’s final assignment in the military was as Director of Competitive Intelligence, Technology and Innovation at the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. In this role, he led the Army modernization efforts with a focus on improved data architecture underpinned by data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Previously, Eric served three tours in Iraq as a Special Forces officer, conducting full spectrum Unconventional Warfare, Counterterror and Counterinsurgency operations where he was decorated for heroism in combat. He also served three tours in Afghanistan where he conducted high-risk national-level intelligence operations directed against Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban.
Eric was selected for the Senior Service College in 2019 and attended the Harvard National Security Fellowship where he assessed catastrophic climate change as a national security threat. Accordingly, his thesis addressed the need to transition to a global green economy to lower our carbon emissions. Ericholds both an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Political Science & History from the University of Connecticut. He is an Eagle Scout of Troop 15, Tolland, Connecticut.