Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Michael T. Flynn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. 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 became the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency on 24 July 2012.
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. and 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.
Lieutenant General Flynn’s keynote address, “Cyber Security Threats…The New Reality” will highlight the latest developments surrounding cyber threats to the nation's security and real world strategies to protect the United States from emerging security threats.
As one of the highest ranking intelligence officials in the country, General Flynn’s insights will focus in on the biggest threats facing the United States in the cyber realm, including cyberterrorism, cyberwar, cyberespionage and emerging areas of vulnerability to vital government and defense industry systems. His expertise in national security and intelligence will provide a unique perspective on this growing area of concern as government and private industry face increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks that are growing at an alarming rate.
- Cyber security threats including cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, and cyber warfare
- Terrorism — threats from both global and homegrown terrorists
- Intelligence/Counterintelligence threats and challenges