LTG (Ret) Kevin McLaughlin

Lt Gen (retired) Kevin McLaughlin has over 34 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 operations, strategic planning, policy development, organizational transformation, and human capital development.

As the founder and President of McLaughlin Global Associates LLC, Gen McLaughlin advises senior executives and corporate boards on cyberspace and space operations, defense, risk management, strategy formulation and implementation, domestic and international policy, and government and private sector business opportunities. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Practice at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where teaches a course entitled Cyberspace Implications for National Security.

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, the U.S. Air Force’s organization of 4,500-personnel that organized, trained, and equipped cyber forces to execute global cyberspace operations.

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 Air Force group that operates over 170 satellites for national leadership, U.S. and allied military, and civil and federal agencies.

Kevin’s Comments on Benchmark:

I am proud to be associated with Jeremy King and Benchmark Executive Search.  Every endeavor I pursue in my post government career must meet three key tests.  It has to include great people who share a common purpose and vision.  It has to be focused on a purpose that transcends business and is focused on mission, people, and community.  And it must insist on excellence as the only yardstick that it measures itself against.  Jeremy King, Benchmark, and the Benchmark Advisory Board exemplify all of these traits.  Benchmark’s perfect blend of client focus, mission first, and people always makes the company special and I am honored to be on their team. Jeremy’s access to world-class talent makes his firm the envy of his competitors. I look forward to helping our team make even a greater impact in the future.