Ehlers is responsible for leading and overseeing the Cyber and Social Media department’s operations. He influences the strategic direction of the team and develops tactical action plans, along with developing new streamline procedures to keep up with industry changes.
Matt has also served at IDS as an Intelligence Analyst for a United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) J39 pilot project, and as the Lead Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Cyber Trainer for the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Synthetic Internet for Training and Exercises (SITE) project.
Prior to his time at IDS, Ehlers was an Infantryman and Psychological Operations Sergeant in multiple leadership and staff positions from Infantry Squad Leader, Military Information Support Team (MIST) Detachment Sergeant at the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Gulf Cooperation Council (JSOTF-GCC), acting company First Sergeant in 4th Psychological Operations Group (POG), and Contingency Operations (CONOP) Planner at the Special Operations Command – Central (SOCCENT) J5.
During his time at the JSOTF-GCC, he led a PSYOP detachment supporting Foreign Internal Defense (FID) and Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.
As a CONOP Planner, he countered malign foreign influence in non-permissive environments with support from interagency partners.
Matt has served in multiple combat zones on numerous deployments to include Afghanistan, Iraq, and GCC nations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University as well as numerous technical industry certifications.