Linda R. Medler, chief information security officer and Director of IT Security at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson Arizona, is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General. She will speak at a public lecture starting at 5:15 pm in the Auditorium of the Davis Learning Center (DLC). Her experience in the initial stages of establishing US Cyber Command under General Keith Alexander and her transition into the private sector will be part of her address. Earlier in the day she will speak with faculty and students around the campus.
The College will be bringing industry, academic and government speakers to campus enriching our understanding of the critical security and intelligence issues facing our nation and world today. Ms Medler demonstrates the leadership embodied in those studying and practicing national strategic studies and serves as a role model for the next generation.
In her current role, Medler is responsible for fostering business relationships and integrating information security technologies and best practices to achieve strategic business goals. She originally joined Raytheon in June 2015 as the director of Cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line in Tucson, Arizona. In this role, she was responsible for synchronizing, testing and incorporating cyber initiatives and capability development across RMS products lines in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense guidance and directives.
Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates, LLC, providing cyber strategy consulting services to commercial clients and numerous Department of Defense customers and academic institutions. In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for the United States Cyber Command. In this role, she orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan.
Medler currently sits on the National Board of Operation Homefront, a national philanthropic organization assisting wounded warriors and their families. She is a member of the Arizona Secretary of State’s Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council and a special advisor to the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also earned master degrees in business administration and management information systems from the University of Arizona, and in national strategic studies from the Naval War College.