Lt. Gen. J. Kevin McLaughlin., USAF (Ret.), is a Professor of Practice in the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs, specializing in cyber and national security issues, and also Director of the School’s new Program in Cyber Policy, Security, and Strategy. His last position before his retirement from the Air Force was the Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command. There he directed the effort to defend the nation’s largest information network, provide cyberspace options to commanders, and protect critical U.S. infrastructure from cyberattacks.
During his more than thirty years in the U.S. Air Force (USAF), McLaughlin held a number of leadership positions, including serving as the first Commander of the USAF’s Space Development and Test Wing; Vice Commander, USAF Warfare Center; Deputy Director of Global Operations for U.S. Strategic Command; Commander, Air Forces Cyber; and Commander, 24th Air Force. He is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the U.S. Strategic Command.
He also advises public and private companies, nonprofits, and government organizations on cyberspace, space, and national security issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s in space systems management from Webster University.