Lt. Gen. (Ret) Kenneth A. Minihan Board Member
Lieutenant General Ken Minihan is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 33 years of active commissioned service and served as the 14th Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. As Director, he was the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He also served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and has vast experience in national, defense and military information services, information technology development and diverse customer support services.
While the Director of NSA, Lt. Gen. Minihan 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 is a past president of the Security Affairs Support Association and a founder of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance in Washington, D.C. 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 B.A. from Florida State University, an M.A. 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.