McLaughlin, Former Cyber Command Deputy Commander, Joins CAP Board of Governors
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, former deputy commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors.
A 34-year veteran of the Air Force, McLaughlin currently serves as director of cyber policy, strategy and security at Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He’s also head of McLaughlin Global Associates LLC, a company focused on board service, consulting and public speaking. He retired from the military in September 2017.
Before serving as the Cyber Command’s No. 2 official, McLaughlin commanded the 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He also worked for the National Reconnaissance Office and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP national commander and CEO, hailed McLaughlin’s appointment to the BoG as an important development in the organization’s continuing emphasis on cyber defense as a skill for cadets. “Gen. McLaughlin’s expertise in this area will help us focus even more on what’s already been a very strong program for our cadets,” Smith said.
McLaughlin said, “I am extremely honored to join the CAP Board of Governors. The mission of CAP is important to the nation, to the Air Force, and to the thousands of volunteers and cadets who serve in the organization. I look forward to doing what I can to help CAP continue to grow and succeed in the future."
He succeeds retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Judy Fedder as one of the four Air Force-appointed members of the 11-member BoG – CAP’s top governing body. Fedder joined the BoG in July 2015, shortly after retiring as deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support with the Air Force, and became BoG chair in February 2017. CAP Col. Brad Lynn succeeded her as BoG chair this week.
Smith praised Fedder for her nearly four years of BoG service, adding that she “provided dynamic leadership as the head of the board and always showed genuine eagerness in working with our members, young and old alike, and our programs and missions.”
Along with the Air Force appointees, the board consists of three members appointed jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAP’s national commander and four members-at-large selected by CAP’s Senior Advisory Group.
The BoG moves CAP forward through collective decision-making to generate strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide CAP both today and into the future. The BoG is assisted by CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer, the organization’s chief operating officer and the CAP-U.S. Air Force commander, who act as advisers.