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William J. Lynn III, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, to Speak at WWS, November 9

Nov 9, 2011 (All day)
Audience: 
Open to the Public

William J. Lynn III MPA/JD '82, former deputy secretary of defense at the U.S. Department of Defense, will present a public lecture titled, "The Future of War" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Secretary Lynn is visiting the School as the Conor D. Reilly Distinguished Visitor in Leadership and Governance.

Lynn has had an extensive career in national security. He has served two presidents, five secretaries of defense and was an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy. He has also worked as a senior defense industry executive.

Most recently, Lynn served as the 30th deputy secretary of defense from February 2009 until October 2011. As the Department’s chief operating officer under Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, he managed three million personnel and oversaw an annual budget of $700 billion. He also personally led the department’s efforts in cyber security, space strategy and energy policy. For his leadership as the architect of the Pentagon’s cyber strategy, Lynn received the 2011 Eagle Award from Federal Computer Week and the RSA Conference 2011 Award for Excellence in Public Policy.

From 1997 to 2001, Lynn served as the chief financial officer and under secretary of defense (comptroller) for the Department of Defense. From 1993 to 1997, he was the head of strategic planning for the Defense Department as the director of program analysis and evaluation. Before entering the defense department in 1993, Lynn served for six years on the staff of Senator Edward Kennedy overseeing his work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

From 2002 to 2009, he served as senior vice president at the Raytheon Company where he directed strategic planning and supervised government relations. He also served as executive vice president of DFI International, a Washington-based management consulting firm, from 2001 to 2002.
Prior to 1987, he was a senior fellow at National Defense University and was on the professional staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 1982 to 1985, he served as the executive director of the Defense Organization Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he co-authored a book Toward a More Effective Defense.

His other publications include recent articles in Foreign Affairs (“Defending a New Domain: The Pentagon’s New Cyberstrategy”) and The Washington Quarterly (“A Military Strategy for the New Space Environment”). He has also published numerous articles in various newspapers and professional journals.

He has been recognized for his professional and service contributions, including three Department of Defense medals for distinguished public service, the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and awards from the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The event will be videotaped and archived online for later viewing on the Woodrow Wilson School’s Webmedia site – http://wws.princeton.edu/webmedia/.

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11.09.2011
William J. Lynn, III MPA/JD ‘82, former deputy secretary of defense at the U.S. Department of Defense, presented a public talk on November 9 titled, “The Future of War.” Lynn discussed how the nature of warfare is changing and the importance of recognizing these changes as defense budgets shrink. Key trends shaping the future of war include the...