Aaron J. Pluto has served as a strategic advisor to numerous top-level military leaders and diplomats domestically and overseas. He has served as a military commander, a combat MEDEVAC pilot and as an intelligence professional. His global reach, experience and extensive network of relationships continue to make him a sought out and trusted voice on global policy and security issues.
In March, 2021 Aaron joined Potomac Strategy Group (PSG), LLC first as a strategic consultant and then as Chief Operating Officer, bringing his unique blend of leadership and expertise to PSG’s growing team. As COO, Aaron provides guidance on policy initiatives, planning and strategy as well as oversight of operations.
Aaron comes to Potomac after a distinguished 20-year military career which began in 1999 working for the National Security Agency as an intelligence professional. He earned his commission as an Aviation Officer in the U.S. Army through Texas State University where he was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Following flight school, Aaron led troops for a total of 27 months in combat as a UH-60 Medical Evacuation pilot with the 101st Airborne.
In 2011, Aaron was selected as the first commander of the newly formed B Company, 2916th Aviation Battalion. After selection to the diplomatic corps in 2014, he served as a military advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine during the Russian invasion of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.
From 2017 to 2020, Aaron served as an advisor and staff officer to two concurrent four-star commanders at United States Central Command coordinating military security cooperation efforts with former Soviet countries of the Central Asian region.
Aaron holds a master’s degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies as well as numerous undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Communications. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute.