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Joseph E. Schmitz

Joe Schmitz is a venture partner of Acuity Tech Solutions, Inc. He 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, and oversight professionals throughout the United States Department of Defense. 

Prior to that, he was a Partner in the international Law Firm of Patton Boggs LLP and at the same time, as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserves, served as Inspector General of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Command. 

From September 2005 through December 2008, Joe served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of the Prince Group, which managed, among other companies, the Blackwater Worldwide family of companies.  Since January 2009, he has been CEO of Joseph E. Schmitz, PLLC, working in association with Freeh Group International, led by former FBI Director Louie Freeh.  Mr. Schmitz’ pre-Inspector General public service includes:  27 years naval service, first on active duty and then as a reserve officer; law clerk to the Honorable James L. Buckley, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, the Honorable Edwin Meese III.

Joe is an expert on Constitutional Law, including the First and the Tenth Amendments.   He has published numerous articles, presented lectures, and testified as a constitutional expert before the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs and Judiciary Committees.  In 2008 he completed a first-ever Inspector General textbook/handbook manuscript, “Inspector General at War: Enemies Foreign and Domestic,” which includes case studies in ethical and transparent accountability.  From 1995 until 2002, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he developed and taught a seminar on advanced Constitutional Law. 

Joe graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy and earned his law degree from Stanford University.  He is a member of the Order of Malta, the Federalist Society, and the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General.  Joe and his wife Mollie have eight children, including a Marine Officer/Rhodes Scholar.

Gary Augusta Lt. Col. George Farrell, USAF (Ret.)
Joseph E. Schmitz Kelly Snapp Grant Wagner
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