Oliver is a decorated retired naval officer who began his military career as an enlisted U.S. Marine in 1991. The subsequent year, he deployed to Somalia in support of peacekeeping operations ensuring that food supplies reached famine struck communities across the failed East African state.
Between 2001 and 2006, he served as an advisor on counter-insurgency staffs advising and assisting U.S. allies on aviation operational and tactical issues. In 2007, he served at the Pentagon’s subordinate command responsible for Latin America (i.e. SOUTHCOM) managing public-private cooperation efforts, as well as leading environmental security initiatives.
In 2015 Oliver was invited to serve as a Senior Research Fellow at Washington D.C. based the Center for Climate and Security, where he studies and reports on the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change on the stability and security of nations.
Oliver is also a Contributing Writer for New York based Foreign Policy Association with published articles on fragile states, environmental security and emerging diplomacy and defense issues.