Kevin McLaughlin has over 37 years of experience in the space and cyberspace business with a focus on creating and leading large-scale, innovative, global organizations, and with unique strengths in managing strategic corporate cyber risk, complex operations, strategic planning, policy development, organizational transformation, and human capital development.
As the founder and President of McLaughlin Global Associates LLC, Gen McLaughlin serves as a corporate director and advises senior executives and corporate boards on strategy formulation and implementation, with an emphasis in the areas of space and cyberspace. He specializes in several strategic issues facing the U.S. government and U.S. industry.
In particular, Kevin is a thought leader and advises senior leaders on the identification and mitigation of cyber-related strategic business risks as they exist across complex enterprises, to include the micro- electronics global supply chain. He is also deeply involved in helping senior leaders in and out of government manage the sea state changes occurring in the fabric of our space and cyberspace ecosystem. Theseincludenewtypesofpartnershipsinhowthegovernmentandprivatesectorpartner to defend our country and increase resilience against space and cyber threats, to include how the government leverages the unique strengths that come from traditional government procured capabilities, capabilities from our allies, and vertically integrated services from commercial companies. Last, Kevin is a nationally acknowledged leader in how we develop the needed human capital processes and underlying cultures required for the government and industry as they transform in the space and cyber arenas.
Kevin is active in the non-profit arena and is the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the 57,000- member Civil Air Patrol and also serves on the board for Feed the Need, a non-profit based in Bastrop, Texas. Gen McLaughlin is the Director of the Program for Cyber Policy, Strategy, and Security and an Adjunct Professor of Practice at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Gen McLaughlin’s last active duty assignment was as the Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command at Ft Meade, Maryland from 2014 – 2017. In this capacity, he directed 12,000 personnel and a $525M budget to defend the nation’s largest information network, provide offensive cyberspace options to commanders, and protect critical U.S. infrastructure from cyber-attacks. Before joining U.S. Cyber Command, Gen McLaughlin led 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, the U.S. Air Force’s organization of 4,500-personnel that organized, trained, and equipped Air Force cyber forces, and executed global cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command.
Prior to his assignment at 24th Air Force, Gen McLaughlin spent thirty years as a leader of large, complex, and highly technical organizations associated with some of the world’s most critical space organizations including the squadron that operates the Global Positioning System and the Air Force operations group that operates over 170 satellites for national leadership, U.S. and allied military, and civil and federal agencies. Kevin served as the only active-duty staff member on the Commission to Assess National Security Space Management and Organization (AKA The Rumsfeld Space Commission) in 2000-2001.