ISI Directory

Jaimie Kohls, MS

Director of Security/FSO/CPSO


B.S. Criminal Justice, New Mexico State University
M.S. Criminal Justice, Crime in Commerce, University of Alabama - Birmingham


Jaimie Kohls, ISI’s Director of Security and university Facility Security Officer (FSO), oversees the Institute’s national security program operations, working closely with division leaders across locations and Government program security managers, to ensure university compliance with challenging Government security requirements, allowing the university to participate in sensitive Government-funded research programs.  In this role, Kohls ensures university leadership, research leaders, and staff are provided with the expertise needed to navigate through various compliance requirements across several different Government agencies.

Prior to this position, Kohls was the Program Security Manager at SpaceX for 8 years.  Under his direction, he was able to establish a national security space launch security program.  Through his efforts with corporate leadership, Government leaders and security professionals, SpaceX was able to launch their first national security payload, allowing for access to a highly lucrative market.

Kohls has served in various DoD security contractor positions and is also a former United States Air Force officer and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and conducted several worldwide and domestic counterintelligence and criminal investigations.

Kohls joined USC in 2018 and earned his Master’s in Criminal Justice, Crime in Commerce, from the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 1998.  He also earned his Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University in 1995, graduating Summa Cum Laude and also earning a “blue chip” officer appointment to the United States Air Force.