• Fourth and Final Event of Leon Panetta 2015 Lecture Series

    Leon Panetta 2015 Lecture Series  to Feature Mike Mullen, Renée James and Keith Alexander
    in a Discussion on Cyber; Secretary Leon E. Panetta to Moderate

    The eighteenth annual Leon Panetta Lecture Series, The Test of Leadership in 2015: Critical Issues that can Unite or Divide America, will conclude Monday evening, June 1, at the Monterey Conference Center Steinbeck Forum at 7:00 p.m.

    The fourth and final forum will focus on Cyber.  Speaking with Secretary Panetta on the topic will be Keith Alexander, former commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency; Renée James, president of Intel Corporation; and Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    “The Internet is the battlefield of the future,” said Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta.  “While the Internet is critical to our economy, it is vulnerable to cyber attacks by cybercriminals, terrorists and other nations.  How do we defend against these attacks?  How do we prevent a major cyber attack that could cripple the nation?  Will we see cooperation between the private and public sectors on this vital issue?  What about the role of privacy?  I’ll pose these questions to an expert from the tech industry and two of the military’s leading experts on cyber and national defense.”

    Keith Alexander is a retired four-star Army general and the highest-ranked military official of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Security Service (CSS). He played a pivotal role in securing the nation’s safety at home and abroad for the past decade.  In 2005, General Alexander became head of the NSA and CSS.  The longest-serving director of the NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and United States national security information system protection.  In 2010, General Alexander was inaugurated as first commander of USCYBERCOM, a military institution integral to the nation’s security and prosperity.  As commander of USCYBERCOM, a military institution integral to the nation’s security and prosperity.  As commander, he planned, coordinated and conducted operations defending the Department of Defense computer networks as well as providing national defense from cyber-attacks.  General Alexander is currently CEO and president of IronNet Cybersecurity where he provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of cutting-edge technology, consulting and education/training. General Alexander received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He also holds M.S. degrees in business administration; systems technology (electronic warfare) and physics; and national security strategy.

    Renée James is the president of Intel Corporation and has broad knowledge of the computing industry that spans hardware, manufacturing, security, software and services. During her more than twenty-five years at Intel, Ms. James has spearheaded the company’s strategic expansion into providing proprietary and open source software and services for applications in enterprise, security and cloud-based computing.  Ms. James joined Intel in 1987 as the product manager for the 386 family of microprocessor motherboards and systems.  Early in her career she served as chief of staff for former Intel CEO Andy Grove.  She went on to hold a number of leadership positions at the firm.  Recently, as executive vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group, she was responsible for Intel’s global software and services strategy, revenue, profit, and product research and development.  Ms. James was named president in May 2013.  In addition to her work in the technology industry, Ms. James is vice chair of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.  In 2014, Ms. James was ranked twenty-first on Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” list and she was named number thirty-seven on the Forbes 100 list.  Ms. James received a B.A. in international business and an M.B.A., both from the University of Oregon.

    Mike Mullen is considered one of our nation’s most influential chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He advised both Republican and Democratic administrations, leading the military during a critical period of transition.  Admiral Mullen has commanded at every level in the Navy, culminating as chief of naval operations in his service.  He served as the seventeenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the principal military adviser to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama as well as to the secretary of defense and the National Security Council.  Serving from 2007 to 2011, Admiral Mullen, oversaw the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan.  He advocated for the rapid development and fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring international partnerships and advanced new methods for combating terrorism.  Admiral Mullen graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.  He earned an M.S. in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.  He is currently an adjunct professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

    Viewers throughout central and northern California can view a live television broadcast on Comcast Cable and Comcast Hometown Network. Residents north through the San Francisco Bay Area and east through portions of Sacramento can also watch on PBS-affiliated KQED digital cable stations. The California Channel also provides a statewide broadcast of the program. In addition to the live television broadcast, members of the public can watch live web-streaming at www.panettainstitute.org/lecture_series/lecture_webcast.htm.  The lectures also air live on public radio.  A video archive of past lectures can be viewed on the Panetta Institute website, www.panettainstitute.org.

    For more information please call the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at 831-582-4200.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 27, 2015

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