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Four-star Admiral and Chairman of cybersecurity company CounterTack, William “Fox” Fallon was the first Navy officer to head U.S. Central Command. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called him “one of the best strategic thinkers in uniform."
Admiral Fallon led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands at the highest levels of American government before retiring after 41 years of leadership. His advocacy of diplomatic and economic engagement as the preferred approach to resolving international disputes was the hallmark of his distinguished service.
As head of U.S. Central Command, Adm. Fallon led U.S. military forces in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa and was instrumental in the turnaround of the ground situation in Iraq. He promoted active communication between governments while in command of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
During his tenure as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, he promoted stronger military-to-military relations between the U.S. and China, established an outreach to India, renewed agreements on a strategic framework with Japan, and enabled humanitarian assistance to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami in Asia.
On September 11, 2001, Admiral Fallon was serving in the Pentagon as Vice Chief of the Navy. He personally directed the recovery of the Navy staff in the wake of the attack and led in the planning of the retaliatory attacks on Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. He later commanded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, with responsibility for the readiness of U.S. Naval forces worldwide.
Admiral Fallon began his Navy career as a combat aviator during the Vietnam War and participated in many vital U.S. military operations during the Cold War. He led a Carrier Air Wing in combat during the Gulf War of 1991, and commanded a Navy Battle Group and the U.S. 6th Fleet Battle Force during NATO military operations in Bosnia.
A Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies, Fallon serves on the Global Affairs Advisory Board of Occidental College and the International Advisory Board of the University of California, San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is a graduate of Villanova University, the U.S. Naval War College, the National War College, and has an MA in International Studies from Old Dominion University.
Chairman of the Board of CounterTack Inc., a company in the cyber security business, Admiral Fallon is a partner in Tilwell Petroleum, LLC, a Principal with Global Alliance Advisors, LLC, Director at Ticto, NV, advisor to several other businesses and a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses.
He has been a member of an Experts Panel to the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the U.S. and served as Co-Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Smart Global Health Policy and Co-Chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors 2009 Blue Ribbon Commission. He is also a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Science Board and the Board of the American Security Project.
Cybersecurity: What’s at Stake and How to Stay Ahead
With his background in leadership and responsibility for global communication and data networks, Admiral William “Fox” Fallon analyzes the “cyber world” and the interdependent global IT networks that are at risk. He has extensive first hand experience with cyber crime and the efforts to combat it. The Chairman of CounterTack, a cybersecurity company, he has unique insights into the challenges facing nations, corporations, and organizations.
Admiral Fallon details the range of cyber actors seeking the highest levels of national security access and manipulation, from individual thrill-seeking “hackers” to corporate sleuths to state supported spies. The very attributes that facilitate Internet options and utility are fundamental vulnerabilities that can be exploited with potential grave harm to our daily routines.
The escalating sophistication and frequency of attacks have made the world of cybersecurity more complicated. Admiral Fallon can bring you up to speed and prepare you for what’s ahead.
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The U.S. Military Today: Expanding Security in a Troubled World
Four decades in uniform and involvement in almost every military action and crisis since Vietnam have afforded Admiral Fallon a unique experience and perspective on our military and the roles and missions it shoulders around the world. Shaped by combat experience in four conflicts and extensive engagement with complex issues in readiness, training and the employment of military personnel, he understands and explains the state of our forces today. Admiral Fallon, as the U.S. commander in both Central Command, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Pacific Command, directing military actions in the Asia-Pacific area, has strong views about the value and use of our service personnel. His recent experience in most of the world’s troubled spots, have convinced him of the necessity for a strong military guided by smart, well reasoned policy decisions in Washington.
America's Changing Role in a New World
Admiral Fallon offers strongly held views about the values and opportunities of U.S. leadership in the world. The U.S., as sole world superpower, has assumed huge responsibilities and finds itself heavily engaged in two ongoing conflicts and an erosion of support for our policies and interests worldwide. Challenged by terrorists and flagging support from key allies and partners, the nation still provides essential world leadership in political, economic and military spheres. Admiral Fallon believes that our country has a significant responsibility for leadership and the application of our peerless capabilities and blessings for the good of the world. He provides a view, honed by years of engagement with leaders from countries around the world, as well as extensive experience in Washington and in security and humanitarian crises, and the nation should continue to lead by example. He details opportunities and events in numerous anecdotes to support a position that people worldwide need and want our leadership and that this need merits our attention and engagement, certain risks notwithstanding.
Leadership and Risk Management
The current turmoil in financial markets has sparked anxiety and concern among business leaders and households worldwide. Admiral Fallon shares his extensive experience with crises and risky situations, offering suggestions for coping with uncertainty and prescriptions for a more stable and secure future. Highlighting the necessity for strong leadership and vision, he talks about the roles of strategy, initiative, understanding the environment, attention to detail and working with people. Admiral Fallon explains the need for honest assessments and ways to identify and accept prudent risk. Illustrated by anecdotes and examples, his lifetime in positions of authority and responsibility and being held accountable for actions, is used to make a case for success when dealing with uncertainty.