Retired Director NSA, Retired Vice Chairman BAH
Mike McConnell was appointed Director of National Intelligence (DNI) under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and served as a member of the National Security Council managing the US Intelligence Community’s global engagement in support of US and allied national security objectives. As DNI, McConnell was successful in persuading the President and the Congress to invest over $17B in improving cyber security defenses of the nation.
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. McConnell led the development of the firm’s information assurance business and intelligence business focused on policy, transformation, homeland security, and intelligence analytics.
McConnell’s career spans over 40 years focused on international development and foreign intelligence issues. His 29-year career as a US Navy intelligence officer included significant assignments that impacted national security issues. During Desert Shield/Storm and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, McConnell served as the Intelligence Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell, and the Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA) under Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton.
McConnell has twice received the nation’s highest award for service in the Intelligence Community. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). He is the 2011 recipient of INSA’s William Oliver Baker Award, which is awarded annually for sustained and excellent service in intelligence and national security.