Val is an expert in organizational efficiency and strategic planning. He served 29 years as a U.S. Army Infantry officer, including posts as the Director of the Special Operations Command Wargame Center (2017) and Director of the U.S. Army's mission to defeat Ebola in West Africa (2014). He also served as the Chief of Staff of the Army's Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security. Val holds a master’s in Advanced Strategic Arts from the U.S. Army War College, a master’s in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a B.S. from Florida Tech.