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Asymmetric Threat Symposium XII
Confirmed Speakers



Kevin P. Meiners

Deputy Director of National Intelligence,
Enterprise Capacity

Kevin P. Meiners is the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Enterprise Capacity. In this role, he is responsible to the Director of National Intelligence for all matters pertaining to Intelligence Community (IC) resources, workforce, systems, technology, and infrastructure. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of leadership positions within the Intelligence Community. As the Director of Advanced Technology within the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO), he oversaw the development of the fledgling Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) programs, as well as the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) ground component called Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS). As the Director of ISR Systems within the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, and Communication (ASD/C3I), he developed long-term acquisition strategies for future overhead satellite programs, including Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and Space Based Radar (SBR). He later served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Strategies, Programs, and Resources.



Lieutenant General William C. Mayville, Jr., USA, Retired

Former Vice Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

Lieutenant General William C. Mayville, Jr., USA, Retired is the Former Vice Commander for U.S. Cyber Command. He served in the U.S. Army for thirty-six years, commanding forces at multi-levels in combat and holding numerous key positions in the Pentagon. As Director of Operations and Director of the Joint Staff for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he managed the global disposition of U.S. military forces and supervised the National Military Command Center, which directs all U.S. special operations, conventional, nuclear, cyber, and strategic reconnaissance operations worldwide. As Vice Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, he oversaw Cyber Command’s cyber operations. He also supervised the expansion of the nation’s newest combatant command, the growth of a 6,200-person cyber security workforce, and a multimillion-dollar research and acquisition enterprise. He is currently a senior advisor at CACI.



Frederick W. Kagan

Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute

Frederick W. Kagan is a resident scholar and the director of the Critical Threats Project (CTP) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In 2009, he served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of General Stanley McChrystal's strategic assessment team, and he returned to Afghanistan in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to conduct research for Generals David Petraeus and John Allen. In July 2011, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor the Chairman can present to civilians who do not work for the Department of Defense, for his volunteer service in Afghanistan. He is coauthor of the report “Defining Success in Afghanistan” and author of the series of reports “Choosing Victory (AEI),” which recommended and monitored the U.S. military surge in Iraq. His most recent book is “Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields.” Previously an associate professor of military history at West Point, Kagan is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and has written for Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals.



Vice Admiral Lowell (Jake) Jacoby, USN, Retired

Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Vice Admiral Lowell (Jake) Jacoby, USN, Retired is the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He retired from the Navy in 2005. On active duty from 1969 to 2005, he led three major commands and was the senior intelligence officer at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. Navy, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Director, DIA, he was the senior intelligence officer in the Department of Defense with leadership and planning responsibilities for the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence. Previously, he was CACI Executive Vice President for Strategic Intelligence and Business Group Manager for CACI’s National Solutions Group serving the Intelligence Community. Jacoby sits on several boards and is a regular participant as a speaker and panelist at conferences and symposia concerning intelligence and national security matters and as a mentor for young intelligence professionals.



Dr. Kimberly E. Kagan

President, Institute for the Study of War

Dr. Kimberly E. Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. She is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and American University. She is the author of The Eye of Command (2006) and The Surge: A Military History (2009), and editor of The Imperial Moment (2010). She served in Kabul for seventeen months from 2010 to 2012, working for commanders of the International Security Assistance Force, General David H. Petraeus, and subsequently General John Allen. She previously served as a member of General Stanley McChrystal’s strategic assessment team, comprised of civilian experts, during his campaign review in June and July 2009. Dr. Kagan also served on the Academic Advisory Board at the Afghanistan-Pakistan Center of Excellence at CENTCOM.



Fred Fleitz

President and CEO, Center for Security Policy
Former Chief of Staff, National Security Council

Fred Fleitz is the President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. In 2018, he served as a Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff to National Security Adviser John Bolton. Before his White House position, he was Senior Vice President of the Center for Security Policy. He previously served in U.S. national security positions for 25 years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Department of State, and the House Intelligence Committee staff. Fleitz’s work for the CIA included serving as a political analyst, military analyst, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) analyst, and collection officer. His op-eds and articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, The Jerusalem Post, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and other publications.


Additional speakers and panelists will be announced.