Michael McConnell serves as senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. He rejoined the firm after having served as director of the National Security Agency under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He led the NSA in addressing the agency’s transformation to adapt to multipolar threats after the end of the Cold War, and he was one of the first senior officials to identify information assurance and information defense as major strategic issues in an increasingly networked society. A Vietnam veteran, he served 29 years in the Navy retiring in 1996 as a vice admiral.
After retiring from the Navy, he joined Booz Allen where he attained the position of senior vice president, and left in 2006 when asked by President George W. Bush to become the director of national intelligence. President Barack Obama asked McConnell to continue to serve by accepting a position on his President Intelligence Advisory Board, the board which advises the president on intelligence-related issues.
McConnell has a master’s degree in public administration from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University. He also is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom) and the National Defense Intelligence College (Strategic Intelligence). He has been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees, the most recent from The George Washington University in 2008.
In addition to many of the nation’s highest military awards, McConnell has been twice awarded the nation’s highest award for service in the intelligence community. He also served chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.