Lt. Gen. (ret.) Robert Schmidle

While on active duty Lt Gen Schmidle served as the first Deputy Commander of United States Cyber Command, responsible for standing up the command while executing full spectrum cyber operations. Subsequently he was the Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Lt Gen Schmidle has nearly 4,700 hours in tactical fighters, participating in combat operations in Iraqi and Bosnia. He commanded an F-18 squadron, VMFA-251 in combat and aboard USS America as part of Carrier Air Wing One, and was selected for an extraordinary second operational command of VMFA-115, another F-18 squadron. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Defense Science Board.