Kenneth A. Minihan

Lt. General, USAF (retired)

Kenneth A. Minihan, Lieutenant General, USAF (retired), joined the Circadence board of directors in November 1999. Lt. Gen. Minihan retired from the U.S. Air Force on June 1, 1999, after more than 33 years of active commissioned service to the nation. On his final tour of duty, he served as the 14th director of the National Security Agency (NSA)/Central Security Service, a combat support agency of the U.S. Department of Defense with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. As director, he was the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He has also served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has more than 30 years of experience in national, defense, and military information services, information technology development, and diverse customer support services.

Lt. Gen. Minihan has vast experience in large complex global and national information operations, information technology deployment, and customer requirement satisfaction. While director of NSA, he helped conceive and provide strategic direction to the National Information Assurance Program. He also created strategic approaches and development concepts for emerging telecommunications technology, while redesigning core business skills and efficient operations. He has the unique ability to integrate complex programs and business operations allowing the organization to focus on cost and schedule goals.
Lt. Gen. Minihan has gained exceptional recognition for outstanding performance for organizations he has directed for over a long history. He organized and executed multinational global operations for information services and implemented core business metrics and a strong commitment to teamwork. He led the NSA to recognition as a Baldridge and Presidential Quality Award finalist. He has a history of exceeding contract goals while producing breakout technologies and reengineered operations.

Lt. Gen. Minihan created strategic approaches to exploit and secure modern network technologies, reshaped multinational operations, and reconstructed business products and services. His innovative design solutions helped maintain a competitive advantage in a high-charged global market. Products and services were provided in time to make a difference. He has the distinct ability to recruit and communicate with the workforce throughout the organization.

Lt. Gen. Minihan is a managing director in the Paladin Capital Group. He is a past president of the Security Affairs Support Association and a founder of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance in Washington D.C., the flagship organization for industry, government partners, and academia to enhance effective intelligence development. He is also a member of the Air Force Association and a number of public and private boards. He often serves on government pro-bono committees and panels to examine ways to enhance homeland and national security capabilities.

Lt. Gen. Minihan has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and has completed executive development programs at the University of Illinois and Harvard University. Among his awards and decorations are the National Security Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

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