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A Fireside Chat with former Congressman Jim Langevin and former National Cyber Director Chris Inglis

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Join Watson Senior Fellow and former Congressman James Langevin for a fireside chat with Chris Inglis, the first Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director and advisor to the President of the United States on cybersecurity. They will discuss the evolution of the office of Cyber Director - why it was created, the role it plays in the nation's cybersecurity, and what authority it has. They will also focus on the Biden Administration's National Cybersecurity Strategy, which was just released in March 2023. They'll discuss how the strategy was drafted, how it will be implemented, and its importance to U.S. national security. 

Senior Fellows
Watson Distinguished Speaker Series

Chris Inglis recently stepped down as the first Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director and advisor to the President of the United States Joe Biden on cybersecurity. He previously worked as a U.S. Naval Academy Looker Distinguished Visiting Professor for Cyber Studies, as a managing director at Paladin Capital, a member of the boards of several public and private corporations, and as a Commissioner on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission. He retired from the Department of Defense in January 2014 after 41 years of federal service, including 28 years at the National Security Agency and seven and a half years as its Deputy Director. He served as a member of the Department of Defense Science Board and as a National Intelligence University trustee until early 2021.

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. Inglis’ military career includes 30 years of service in the US Air Force and Air National Guard — from which he retired as a command pilot at the rank of Brigadier General.

Jim Langevin is a lifelong public servant who has always worked to make government better in service of the American people, solving tough challenges to improve their lives. A bipartisan lawmaker and self-described policy-wonk, Jim is known for evaluating initiatives for their policy merits, not for political gain. He is a critical thinker, team player, and a fierce advocate for the American people, able to reach across the aisle to find consensus, even in the most polarizing of climates to get things done.

Injured at the age of 16 as a result of an accidental gun discharge while serving as a Police Explorer, he was left paralyzed. The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Jim to enter public service and give back to those who had so ardently supported him. In his first election to Congress, he famously pledged to his constituents, “I’ll stand up for you.” First elected to the 107th Congress in 2000, Jim served 11 terms in Washington, DC in service of the 2nd Congressional District of Rhode Island. Now, after more than 30 years in public office, including 22 years as a Member of Congress, Jim is looking to apply his talents and serve in other ways. He serves as a senior fellow at the Watson Institute, where he leads a student study group on "Surveying the Cyber Threat Landscape and Protecting the United States Against Cyberattacks of Significant Consequence."