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1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.
The 2011 Defense Forum Washington will be held in the Atrium and Atrium Hall on the Concourse Level of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center features on-site, public parking near popular Washington, DC area attractions such as the National Mall, Warner Theater and National Theater.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center conveniently offers public parking near area metro stations. The Federal Triangle metro stop (orange/blue lines) is connected to the Ronald Reagan Building by a covered passageway. The Metro Center metro stop (red line) is two blocks away, and the Smithsonian metro stop (orange/blue lines) is within walking distance.
This event is by invitation only. If you would like more information on attending, please contact the U.S. Naval Institute's conference department at [email protected].
|7:30AM - 8:00AM||Continental Breakfast |
|8:00AM - 9:10AM||Morning Keynote Speaker |
|9:10AM - 9:25AM||Mid Morning Break |
|9:30AM - 11:00AM||Panel 1 - Have We Forfeited Our Asymmetric Advantages? |
|11:00AM - 12:00PM||Keynote Speaker |
|12:00PM - 1:00PM||Lunch |
|1:00PM - 1:50PM||Discussion with Senator Jon Kyl |
|1:50PM - 2:50PM||Panel 2 - Winning the Asymmetric Fight |
|2:50PM - 3:00PM||Summary and Closing |
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
ichael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since then, he has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include, Commander, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion and G2, 82nd Airborne Division; G2, 18th Airborne Corps, CJ2, CJTF-180 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan; Commander, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade at the Army's Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command with duty in OEF and OIF; Director of Intelligence, the Joint Staff; Director of Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan and US Forces-Afghanistan and Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G2. He most recently served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement before becoming the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2012.
Lieutenant General Flynn's other assignments include multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division as a platoon leader for Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada, and as Chief of Joint War Plans for JTF-180 UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti. He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and as the Senior Observer/Controller for Intelligence at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Lieutenant General Flynn holds an undergraduate degree in Management Science from the University of Rhode Island and holds three graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from Golden Gate University, San Francisco; a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
Lieutenant General Flynn is a graduate of the Army's Intelligence Officer Basic, Advanced, and Electronic Warfare Courses; the Combined Armed Services Staff Course; the United States Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies; and the United States Naval War College.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the NATO Service Medal, and several service and campaign ribbons. Lieutenant General Flynn also has earned the Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Staff Identification Badge.
Lieutenant General Flynn is happily married and has two sons.
CEO, U.S. Naval Institute
Peter Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Naval Institute (USNI – www.usni.org), one of the most respected professional associations in the United States. Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for 138 years as independent forum that fosters an increased understanding of the sea services and their enduring contributions the to the Nation.
Prior to accepting the CEO post in 2011, Vice Admiral Daly served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His Navy career, spanning more than 30 years, includes command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 – Nimitz Strike Group. During each of these commands, he deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility – participating in Operation Desert Strike in 1996 in Russell and as Sea Combat Commander for the Lincoln Battle Group in the Gulf immediately after the attack on USS Cole in 2000. As Nimitz Strike Group Commander in 2005, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and maritime intercept operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Shore assignments include executive assistant and program analyst, J-8, Joint Staff; executive assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. As a flag officer, he served as Deputy for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) Joint Staff; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; and as Deputy N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) in the Navy Staff.
Peter Daly is a Life Member of the Naval Institute, a former member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and Editorial Board, a participant in the Institute’s seminars, and a contributor to the Proceedings.
He is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross (A.B. Economics), receiving a regular commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command
Vice Adm. Harward serves as deputy commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), located in Tampa, Fla.
Harward qualified as a surface warfare officer aboard the destroyer USS Scott (DDG 995), and then transferred to the Naval Special Warfare community. He was the “Honor Man” of Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD)/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) class 128, and has served in both East and West coast SEAL teams.
Tours in the Naval Special Warfare community include: commander, SEAL Team Three; Assault Team leader and operations officer at Naval Special Warfare Development Group; SEAL plans officer for Commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet; executive officer, Naval Special Warfare Unit One; aide-de-camp to Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF) deputy commander in Bosnia; deputy commander Special Operations Command, Pacific; commander, Naval Special Warfare Group One; and, deputy commanding general, Joint Special Operations Command.
Assignments outside of his community include a tour in the Executive Office of the President at the White House where he served on the National Security Council as the director of Strategy and Policy for the office of Combating Terrorism. His first flag assignment was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), as a member of the Senior Interagency Strategy Team. Additionally, he served as deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and most recently he served as commander of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJIATF) 435 from 2009 to 2011 in Afghanistan. Harward has commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq over six years since Sept. 11, 2001.
Born in Newport, R.I., Harward grew up in a Navy family and graduated from the Tehran American High School in Iran. After enlisting in the Navy, he was awarded a fleet appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1979. Harward attended the College of Naval Command and Staff, the Naval Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Security Affairs, served as a federal executive fellow at RAND, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, Foreign Policy Program Seminar XXI.
Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS
Suzanne Spaulding is a Principal with Bingham Consulting Group and Of Counsel to the law firm of Bingham McCutchen in Washington, DC., where she assists clients with matters related to national security.
Ms. Spaulding spent 20 years working on national security issues for the government, including serving as Minority Staff Director for the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; General Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Assistant General Counsel at CIA; and Legislative Director for US Senator Arlen Specter. She was the Executive Director of two independent commissions, the National Commission on Terrorism and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction; and served as a consultant to the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (Glimore Commission) and the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (Robb/Silberman Commission).
Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director to Bio-Defense, Whitel House Homeland Security Council
Dr. Kadlec spent 26 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force serving in several senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate and the Department of Defense. Most recently, Dr. Kadlec served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Biodefense Policy on the Homeland Security Council. He also served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr’s sub-committee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In this capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill that was signed into law. Dr. Kadlec also previously served at the White House from 2002 to 2005 as a director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council where he was responsible for conducting the biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century.
Dr. Kadlec’s government experience includes experience in both executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government and extensive participation in strategy and policy development promulgation. His past efforts cover the spectrum of medical and non-medical biodefense issues and public health activities.
Dr. Kadlec holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, Doctorate of Medicine, and Master’s of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Master’s degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University
Director of Operations, Joint Staff, J-3
Vice Adm. Tidd is the director for Operations (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The director for Operations serves in assisting the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in fulfilling his responsibilities as the principal military advisor to the president and secretary of defense in developing and providing operational guidance, and in fostering clear communication between the president, secretary of defense, unified commands, and services.
Before rejoining the Joint Staff, Tidd commanded U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet. Other tours afloat include: command of Carrier Strike Group 8 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), during a combat deployment supporting coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom.
From 2004 to 2005, Tidd commanded Persian Gulf maritime operations as commander, Middle East Force and commander Task Force 55. Previous sea duty assignments include: commander, Destroyer Squadron 50; commanding Officer, USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968); and, executive officer aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984). Tidd was operations officer aboard USS Deyo (DD 989); flag lieutenant to commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8; boilers officer aboard USS America (CV 66); and, communications officer and main propulsion assistant on USS Semmes (DDG 18).
Ashore, he served on the National Security Council Staff as director for Strategic Capabilities Policy, and as a director for combating terrorism; the founding deputy for operations on the Chief of Naval Operations War on Terrorism Operations Planning Group "Deep Blue." He was N-3/Operations at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain; at the Pentagon, on the Navy Staff Strategy and Policy Division (N51) and as the political-military analyst in the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal; as the strategic planner on the Chief of Naval Operations' Executive Panel (N-00K); and at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, as aide to the U.S. representative, NATO military committee.
A second generation surface warfare officer, Tidd is the son of retired Vice Adm. and Mrs. Emmett H. Tidd, USN, and the brother of the Navy’s 25th Chief of Chaplains, Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd.
Tidd graduated in 1974 from Porter Gaud School, Charleston, S.C. and was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, with a degree in Foreign Area Studies. Selected in 1984 as an Olmsted Foundation Scholar, Tidd has a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux, France. He has been awarded the Legion of Honor by the government of France. He is a French linguist, and a proven subspecialist in Strategic Planning and Europe/Russia area studies. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and was a federal executive fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Former Senator Arizona
The son of U.S. Representative John Henry Kyl, he was born and raised in Nebraska and lived for some time in Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Arizona. He worked in Phoenix, Arizona as a lawyer and lobbyist before winning election to the United States House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 to 1995. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994 and continued to be re-elected by large margins until his retirement.
In 2010, he was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for his persuasive role in the Senate Kyl was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fourth-most conservative U.S. Senator. He has been a fixture of Republican policy leadership posts, chairing the Republican Policy Committee (2003–2007) and the Republican Conference (2007). In December 2007 he became Senate Minority Whip.
In February 2011, Kyl announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate in 2012 and would retire at the end of his third term, which concluded on January 3, 2013. He expressly ruled out running for further office except, if offered, the Vice Presidency.
President, Center for Security Policy
Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The Center is a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational corporation established in 1988. Under Mr. Gaffney’s leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters.
Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. On Secure Freedom Radio, Mr. Gaffney addresses current and emerging threats to national security, sovereignty and our ways of life. Featured guests have included Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld and many current and former policymakers and elected officials.
Mr. Gaffney is the publisher and associate author of Shariah: The Threat to America (Center for Security Policy Press, 2010). With an introduction by former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, New York Times bestseller Andrew C. McCarthy and Lt. General Harry Soyster as well as contributions from the 19-member Team B II, this highly acclaimed report provides a comprehensive and articulate “second opinion” on the official characterizations and assessments of the threat of political Islam as put forward by the US Government. Shariah: The Threat draws upon the work of the Center for Security Policy and offers practical steps for mobilizing the our law enforcement, our elected officials and the American public to defend out country from those who would do us harm.
Mr. Gaffney also contributes actively to the security policy debate in his capacity as a weekly columnist for the Washington Times, TownHall.com, and Newsmax.com. He is a contributor to BigPeace.com and his columns also appear periodically in WorldNetDaily.com, and FrontPageMagazine.com. He is a featured weekly contributor to Lars Larson’s syndicated radio program as well as Greg Garrison’s show and a frequent guest on syndicated programs with hosts like: Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt, Janet Parshall, and Jim Bohannan. In addition, he appears often on national and international television networks such as Fox News, CNN and BBC. Over the years, his op.ed. articles have appeared in such publications as: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, Newsday, American Legion Magazine, and Commentary.
In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving nuclear forces, arms control and U.S.-European defense relations. He acted in that capacity for seven months during which time, he was the Chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO’s senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.
From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle.
From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John Tower (R-Texas). And, in the latter 1970′s, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.
Mr. Gaffney holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Gaffney’s leadership has been recognized by numerous organizations including: the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (1987), the U.S. Business and Industry Council’s Defender of the National Interest Award (1994), the Navy League of the United States’ “Alfred Thayer Mahan Literary Achievement Award” (1999), and the Zionist Organization of America’s “Louis Brandeis Award” (2003).
Mr. Gaffney was born in 1953 and resides in the Washington area
Corporate Strategic Advisor, CACI and Former Strategic Advisor to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Dr. Lani Kass is Corporate Strategic Advisor and Senior Vice President for CACI International Inc, a $3.6 billion information solutions and services company. In this role, Dr. Kass leads corporate efforts to advance CACI's presence in the U.S. national security market, supports the development and evolution of CACI's corporate strategy, and supports the development and expansion of key client relationships. Dr. Kass also leads CACI's participation in the annual Asymmetric Threats symposia that the company has co-sponsored since 2008.
Prior to joining CACI, Dr. Kass served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for three years. In this position, she was responsible for high-level assessment and analysis supporting the development and execution of integrated strategies, programs, and plans essential to America's security. Her foresight, expertise, and cross-cultural multi-lingual skills played a key part in successful interactions and international negotiations with Russia, China, and NATO.
Before joining the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dr. Kass was the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for three years and served as Director of the USAF Cyber Task Force. In this role, she developed the intellectual concepts that led to the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command, the government's lead organization for developing and implementing national cyber strategy. Her career highlights also include being the first woman to serve as Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College (NWC), National Defense University. During her 20 years of service at NWC, Dr. Kass educated several generations of the nation's senior-most strategic leaders. She served the U.S. government with great distinction for 27 years and retired in September 2011.
Dr. Kass has authored two books and over 20 scholarly articles, and developed, directed, and taught graduate-level courses on subjects such as U.S. national security, international relations, terrorism and counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction proliferation and counter-proliferation, and Russian and European security issues. She is a graduate of the National War College, National Defense University, and holds a PhD from the Kaplan School of Economics and Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia University's School of International Affairs.
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Plans and
A native of Abilene, Texas, Vice Adm. Fox was commissioned in June 1978 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy and was designated a naval aviator in March 1980.
Since 1990, Fox has spent the majority of his operational career deploying to and operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Naval Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces was Fox’s fourth command tour in the region; he previously commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 81 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Carrier Air Wing Two aboard USS Constellation (CV 64); and, Carrier Strike Group 10 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Additionally, he served as communications division chief and spokesman for the Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad from 2006-07, where he worked extensively with coalition partners.
Other command and executive leadership assignments include service as commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev.; deputy assistant to the President and, director, White House Military Office (WHMO), responsible for overseeing all military support to the President; commodore of the Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Lemoore, Calif.; and, service as the first commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 122, the Navy's first FA-18E/F Super Hornet squadron, in Lemoore.
Shore tours include: duty as the deputy director of WHMO; service as the aviation programs liaison officer in the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C.; joint duty as the maritime plans officer at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium; aide and flag lieutenant for Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the assistant chief of naval operations (Air Warfare - OP-05); a tour as the Light Attack/Strike Fighter junior officer detailer in the Naval Military Personnel Command, and as an A-7E Corsair II instructor pilot in Attack Squadron 174.
Fox has flown over 100 combat sorties, logged over 4,900 flight hours and 1,347 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers. Military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat 'V'. He has completed executive education programs at the Naval War College, National Defense University, Harvard University, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements
Lt. Gen. Burton M. Field is the deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, irregular warfare, counterproliferation, homeland security, weather and cyber operations. As the Air Force operations deputy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general determines operational requirements, capabilities and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy.
General Field was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded the 421st Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the USAF Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nev.; the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea; and the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va. He has also deployed as Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq. The general served on two major command staffs as well as the Joint Staff. Prior to his current assignment he was the Commander, U.S. Forces Japan, and Commander, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan.
General Field is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours in the F-16 and the F-22A.
Former Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
JAMES S. GILMORE III is a former Governor of Virginia (1998-2002) and currently is President & CEO of the Free Congress Foundation (www.freecongress.org) in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Gilmore is also president of USA Secure, a homeland security public policy think tank based in Washington, DC (www.usasecure.org). He is also fluent in German.
Jim Gilmore was born on October 6, 1949 and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He received an undergraduate degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1971. After a three-year tour as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany, he entered the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1977. After working for a decade in community service and as a lawyer in private practice, he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney in his home county of Henrico in 1987 and 1991.
He was elected Virginia Attorney General in 1993 and Governor in 1997. As Governor, he established a record of success in improving education in Virginia and providing tax relief to Virginia's working families. Governor Gilmore led the successful implementation of rigorous new academic standards and testing to ensure students are learning and that teachers and school administrators are being held accountable. Governor Gilmore had a solid record of cutting taxes. In the first two years of his administration, he enacted more than a dozen tax cuts, led by the virtual elimination of Virginia's personal property tax on cars and trucks – the largest tax cut in the state's history. He also cut income taxes for military personnel living in Virginia, lowered college tuition by 20 percent, and eliminated Virginia's tax on prescription drugs.
Former Governor Gilmore created the nation's first secretariat of technology, established a statewide technology commission, and signed into law the nation's first comprehensive state Internet policy. During his term as Governor of Virginia, he chaired the national Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce which was charged with making recommendations to Congress on Internet taxation, an issue of global significance. The E-Commerce Commission opposed taxation of the Internet.
Former Governor Gilmore was Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the “Gilmore Commission.” This national panel was established by Congress to assess federal, state, and local governments' capability to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack. The panel submitted its findings to the President and Congress every December 15th since 1999. The final report was submitted on Dec. 15, 2003. Of the Gilmore Commission's 164 recommendations - 146 have been adopted by the federal government and Congress. To learn more about the Gilmore Commission, visit www.rand.org/nsrd/terrpanel. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Jim Gilmore to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors and he was elected Chairman of the Air Force Board in the Fall of 2003. Jim Gilmore also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2001 - 2002
Deputy Commander, US Cyber Command
Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis assumed his current position as the Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command in June 2012.
Commissioned in May 1980 through the PLC Program, LtGen Davis completed the Basic School in August 1980, and upon graduation, reported for flight training. Upon receiving his wings in September of 1982, he was selected to fly the AV-8A Harrier.
He reported to VMAT-203 in October 1982, completed Harrier training and reported to VMA-231 in 1983 where he deployed aboard the USS Inchon. In 1985 he transferred to VMAT-203 serving as an instructor pilot. In 1986 he attended the WTI course at MAWTS-1. In 1987 he transferred to VMA-223 serving as the WTI and operations officer. In 1988 he was selected to represent the Corps as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force. After training in the United Kingdom, he deployed to Gutersloh, Germany for duty as a GR-5/7 attack pilot with 3(F) squadron. Upon return to the U.S. in 1991 he served as an instructor at MAWTS-1 in Yuma, AZ. In October 1998 he took command of VMA-223. During his tour, VMA-223 won the CNO Safety Award and the Sanderson Trophy two years in a row, and exceeded 40,000 hours of mishap free operations. After completing the Executive Helicopter Familiarization Course at HT-18 in Pensacola in 2003, he was assigned to MAWTS-1 where he served as Executive Officer and from 2004 to 2006 as Commanding Officer. From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Deputy Commander Joint Functional Component Command -- Network Warfare at Fort Meade, Maryland. He commanded the mighty 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing from July 2010 to May 2012.
His staff billets include a two year tour as a member of the 31st Commandant's Staff Group, and two years as the Junior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. In 2003, he served as an Assistant Operations Officer on the 3rd Marine Air Wing staff in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, he served in Iraq as the Officer in Charge of the 3d Marine Aircraft Red Team. He served as the Deputy Assistant Commandant for Aviation from 2008 to 2010. In the course of his career he has flown over 4,500 mishap free hours in the AV-8 and in every type model series fixed, tilt-rotor and rotary winged aircraft in the USMC inventory.
LtGen Davis graduated with honors from The Basic School and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Tactical Air Control Party Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), The School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He holds a Bachelors of Science from Allegheny College, a Masters of Science from Marine Corps University and a Masters of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins - with a concentration on East and Southeast Asian Affairs.
His personal decorations include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation (three awards) as well as other campaign and service awards