A native of Los Angeles, Lieutenant Colonel JohnPaul “J.P.” LeCedre most recently served as commander of the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), responsible for civil-military operations in West and Central Africa. Previously, he served in various echelons, including a deployment as a platoon leader in Iraq during the Surge Campaign of 2007-08.

As a civilian, J.P. serves as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He previously served as a deputy district attorney in California, where he specialized in organized crime, civil rights, and hate crime offenses. J.P. received a Bachelor’s degree and Army commission from West Point. Following transition to reserve duty, he obtained a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, a Master’s of Law from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and has completed graduate study at the Naval Postgraduate School. Research interests include governance and corruption in multiethnic societies.


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