Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Retired
General Medler is Founder, President and CEO of L A Medler & Associates, LLC. Established in 2014, her company provides cyber strategy and operational consulting services to commercial clients, including for-profit and non-profit boards, numerous Department of Defense customers, and academic institutions.
Additionally, she served as the chief information security officer and Director of IT Security at Raytheon Missile Systems until December, 2017. Currently, General Medler provides contractor support to Raytheon. In this role, she is responsible for fostering business relationships and integrating information security technologies and best practices to achieve strategic business goals. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
She originally joined Raytheon in June 2015 as the director of Cyber for the RMS Advanced Missile Systems product line in Tucson, Arizona. As the first Cyber director, she was responsible for establishing the business plan to synchronize, test and incorporate cyber initiatives and capability development across all RMS product lines in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense guidance and directives.
General Medler began her military career as an enlisted Marine. In 2014, she retired from the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general and as director of Capability and Resource Integration for United States Cyber Command. In this role, she orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan, and developed the Future Year Defense Program (FYDP) to prioritize resources in order to meet Department of Defense urgent and emerging cyber operational requirements and capabilities.
Over her 27-year Air Force career, she commanded at the squadron, group and wing level, and deployed to Afghanistan to lead more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for fielding the Afghan National Army. In 2005, she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Some of General Medler’s key staff assignments include Director of Communications and Networks for the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy CIO, Air Force Materiel Command Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, and Presidential Communications Officer at the White House Communications Agency.
General Medler is a member of the Board of Directors for PNC Financial Services, Inc. and PNC Bank-National Association, and is a member of the Board of TransAmerica Insurance (AEGON Americas). Additionally, she sits on the National Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, a national philanthropic organization assisting active duty service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families. She is one of two industry representatives on the Arizona Governor’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT), and is a member of the board of the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board for the Arizona State University Research Enterprise (ASURE), and is a member of the University of Arizona Eller College of Management National Board of Advisors.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Magna Cum Laude. She has a master in business administration with a management information systems concentration from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.