The former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Vice Admiral (Ret.) John M. "Mike" McConnell, spoke to NDU iCollege students, faculty, and staff today during a college distinguished lecture program. He spoke of the importance of national intelligence and the changes this field has seen over the last many years. Mr. McConnell also addressed today's issues of cyber security and federal agencies collaborating to keep the nation safe.
Mike McConnell is a Senior Executive Advisor and former Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, where his primary roles included serving on the firm’s Leadership Team and leading Booz Allen’s cyber security business. After retiring from the Navy in 1996 as a Vice Admiral, Mr. McConnell joined Booz Allen, and led the development of the firm’s Information Assurance business and the firm’s Intelligence business focused on policy, transformation, homeland security, and intelligence analytics, rising to the position of senior vice president.
Upon being asked by President George W. Bush in 2007 to become the second Director of National Intelligence (DNI), he left Booz Allen and served as the DNI for two years under Presidents Bush and Obama. As the DNI he managed the expansive national Intelligence Community – an organization of over 100,000 people, and an annual global enterprise budget of over $50B – and had extensive interactions with the White House, the President’s Cabinet, Congress, international leaders, and the US business community.
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