Booz Allen EVP, Former DNI Mike McConnell to Speak at POC Event

Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President and former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell will be sharing his expertise in national security issues and cybersecurity as a speaker at the upcoming Potomac Officers Club luncheon held June 21, 2011.

As a renowned national security expert, McConnell served from 2007-2009 as DNI under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In that Cabinet-level role, McConnell served as the principal intelligence adviser to the president and as a member of the National Security Council. Within two months of taking office, McConnell created a strategy called “100 Day Plan for Integration and Collaboration,” which focused on efforts that would aid the intelligence community to act as a unified enterprise in a collaborative manner.

McConnell’s 40-year career has focused on international developments and foreign intelligence issues, in roles including career intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, senior intelligence officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as senior vice president with Booz Allen after retiring from the U.S. Navy as vice admiral after nearly 30 years of service.

In most recent years, McConnell’s area of focus has been counterterrorism, cybersecurity, counterproliferation and foreign intelligence. While managing the intelligence community, he was responsible for a budget of more than $47 billion. In this capacity, McConnell had extensive interactions with the White House, the president’s cabinet, the Congress, international leaders, and the U.S. private sector.

In 2009, ExecutiveBiz named him among the Top 20 People to Watch in 2010, highlighting his work in cybersecurity and emphasizing the importance of private-public partnerships in defending the digital battleground. Last year, McConnell took to the pages of The Washington Post and wrote an op-ed that called for a new strategy and thought process for cybersecurity in the United States. He discussed a number of important strategies the nation should seek to take, including reverse engineering the Internet and employing both deterrence and preemption capabilities. And earlier this year, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance honored McConnell with the 27th annual William Oliver Baker Award for excellence in intelligence and national security--a recognition that acknowledged McConnell’s exceptional contributions to the intelligence and national security of the United States.
Registration for the event held at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton in McLean, Va., can be done on the POC website

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