NCF Governance & Leadership
Member - Lt. Gen Kenneth Minihan, (USA, Ret)
Lieutenant General Ken Minihan is a Managing Director at Paladin. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on June 1, 1999, after more than 33 years of active commissioned service to the nation. On his final tour of duty he served as the 14th Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, a combat support agency of the Department of Defense with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. As Director, he was the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He has also served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has over thirty years experience in national, defense and military information services, information technology development and diverse customer support services.
Lieutenant General Ken Minihan has vast experience in large complex global and national information operations, information technology deployment, and customer requirement satisfaction. While the Director of NSA, he helped conceive and provide strategic direction to the National Information Assurance Program. He also created strategic approaches and development concepts for emerging telecommunications technology while redesigning core business skills and efficient operations. He has the unique ability to integrate complex programs and business operations allowing the organization to focus on cost and schedule goals.
Lieutenant General Ken Minihan is a Managing Director in the Paladin Capital Group. He is a past President of the Security Affairs Support Association and a Founder of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance in Washington D.C., the flagship organization for industry, government partners and academia to enhance effective intelligence development. He is also a member of the Air Force Association and a number of public and private boards. He often serves on government pro bono committees and panels to examine ways to enhance homeland and national security capabilities.
Lieutenant General Ken Minihan has a Baccalaureate Degree from Florida State University, a Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and has completed executive development programs at the University of Illinois and Harvard University. Among his awards and decorations are the National Security Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.