John Bicknell

John Bicknell founded More Cowbell Unlimited to help America remain a beacon of hope and strength on the world stage. America must adopt Process Dominance as a core capability in order to innovate and survive in the Information Age. John is a national security thought leader and passionate analytics visionary. He has written extensively on national security matters related to information warfare, critical infrastructure defense, and space situational awareness. John leads software and business development efforts for More Cowbell Unlimited.

Before retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 2010 as a Lieutenant Colonel, John served worldwide most notably in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon. He led enterprise-level process intensive human resources supply chain projects designed to discover inefficiencies, architect solutions, and re-purpose manpower savings. In his corporate career, he operationalized an Analytics Center of Excellence for a large EdTech firm, among other accomplishments.

John is a member of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) and InfraGard. He is also a Vice President for the Information Professionals Association and host of The Cognitive Crucible podcast. His Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School emphasizes econometrics and operations research. John lives with his family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


BE, Civil Engineering (1990)
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
MS, Manpower Management (2000)
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA

Select Research, Presentations, and Patents

April 2021
INFORMS Business Analytics Conference
“Advances in Process Mining”

September 2020
AFWERX Space Challenge Showcase
“Foundational Process Analytics for Space Infrastructure Continual Health Monitoring, Hardening, and Resiliency”

July 2020
NECSI ICCS 2020 Conference
“Organizational Reflexive Modeling”

February 2020
INFORMS Conference on Security
“Organizational Reflexive Modeling”

December 2019
MORS Emerging Techniques Forum
“Botnet Discovery, Organizational Dynamics, and Other Process Mining National Security Use Cases”

November 2019
Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Hyperspace Challenge
“Human Aid & Disaster Relief (HADR) Pattern of Life Modeling”

October 2019
Panelist: Cyber Security for Manufacturers
“Information Warfare  and Critical Infrastructure”

June 2019
MORS Annual Symposium
“Protecting Critical Infrastructures with Process Mining”

June 2019
MORS Annual Symposium
“Methodologies for Discovering and Understanding Process Ecosystems”

April 2019
INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics
“Process Mining: The Capability Every Organization Needs”

December 2018
MORS Emerging Techniques Forum
“Make Your Data Happy with Automated Process Discovery”

Bicknell, John W, and Werner G Krebs. 2020. “Detecting Botnet Signals Using Process Mining.” Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory 26 (4). [DOI].

Bicknell, John W, and Werner G Krebs. 2020 in press. “Process Mining Organization Email Data and National Security Implications.” In Unifying Themes in Complex Systems X, edited by Alfredo J. Morales, Carlos Gershenson, Dan Braha, Ali A. Minai, and Yaneer Bar-Yam. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Cham: Springer International Publishing. [Draft]

Bicknell, John W, and Werner G Krebs. 2020 in press. “A Process Mining Approach for Protecting Self-Organizing Critical Infrastructure Ecosystems (Infragard National Journal, in Press).” Manuscript submitted for publication. [Draft].

Bicknell, John, Krebs, Werner, Syzmanski, Paul. (2019). Space Object Process Analysis(Unpublished Working Paper)

Bicknell, John. 2019. “Process Mining Technologies.” ORMS Today. 10.1287/orms.2019.05.01.

FOCAL Information Warfare Defense (IW-D) StandardTM: The world’s first and only IW-D Standard. Article and technical paper.

Bicknell, John & Krebs, Werner. (2019). FOCAL Information Warfare Defense Standard (TM). [DOI].

Bicknell, John & Krebs, Werner. (2019). Process Mining: The Missing Capability in Information Warfare. [DOI].

Bicknell, John. 2000. “Study of Naval Officers’ Attitudes Toward Homosexuals in the Military.” Master’s Thesis. Monterey, CA, Naval Postgraduate School.

US Patent No. 10,846,194: Methods and Systems for Estimating Process Capacity

US Patent Application No. 17/068,663: Methods and Systems for Estimating Process Capacity

US Patent Application No. 16/440,639: Methods and Systems for Inferring Behavior and Vulnerabilities from Process Models