Joshua Blanchard

Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Josh Blanchard is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) at the FBI’s Washington Field Office. He oversees an investigative squad responsible for mitigating the illicit transfer of technology from the United States to foreign adversaries. Prior to this role, he was a Unit Chief in the FBI’s Cyber Division overseeing a team of supervisors. In this senior leadership role, SSA Blanchard was responsbile for leading the strategy, resourcing, foreign partner engagement, and threat mitigation of nation state and criminal cyber actors.

SSA Blanchard previously served as a leader in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, bridging gaps between cyber and counterintelligence investigations. SSA Blanchard spent most of his investigative career in Boston, investigating nation state Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and criminal cyber actors. In 2020, he was the Case Agent for an APT investigation and received the FBI’s highest award for investigative excellence—the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation.

SSA Blanchard graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Political Science, received a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, and a MBA from Texas A&M University—Commerce. SSA Blanchard is an Air Force Reserve Intelligence Officer, and in that capacity, serves as adjunct faculty at the National Intelligence University (NIU) teaching courses on cyber operations, national security strategy, and policy.