Ken Slaght – San Diego Cyber Center Of Excellence

"San Diego's Cybersecurity Industry"
January 10, 2019 - 6-8pm
University of San Diego
Belanich Engineering Center (Loma Hall) Room 118
4998 Alcala Park - San Diego, CA 92110

About the speaker:

RADM Kenneth D. Slaght, USN (Ret.) is the Co-Chair and President of the San Diego Cyber Center Of Excellence (CCOE), a non-profit established to coordinate and enhance the effectiveness and synergy of the regional cyber initiative, capitalizing on our unique strengths to accelerate the regional economy by creating opportunities for business, attracting and nurturing talent.

Previously RADM Slaght served as the Vice President and General Manager, Navy/Marine Corps Services Sector, General Dynamics Information Technology, responsible for providing IT services to the Navy and Marine Corps. Prior to that he was the Commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He was responsible for providing information technology and space systems for naval and joint services. Additionally, he was the chief engineer for developing, delivering and maintaining effective, capable and integrated command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems (C4I). He was also responsible for engineering and assessing FORCEnet, the foundation of the Seapower 21 vision

During his naval career, RADM Slaght served as Commander of the ammunition ship USS FLINT (AE 32). Other sea duty included tours as Executive Officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS GRIDLEY (CG 21), Engineer Officer aboard the amphibious ship USS TULARE (LKA 112), Operations Officer aboard the frigate USS EDWARD MCDONNELL (FF 1043), and Combat Information Center Officer aboard the frigate USS GARCIA (FF 1040).

RADM Slaght received his commission in 1970 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. RADM Slaght attended the Defense Systems Management College, the Naval Post Graduate School, where he received a Masters Degree in Computer Systems Management, and the Naval Destroyer School. RADM Slaght currently serves on the Boards of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), the San Diego State University Industry Advisory Board, and the California Governor’s Military Council and co-chairs the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)’s Workforce Committee.


• Co-Chair & President, Cyber Center of Excellence
• BoD, SDSU Industry Advisory
• BoD, Point Loma Nazarene Business School

MILITARY Experience:

• VP & GM of Navy/Marine Corps Services Center atGeneral Dynamics
• Commander at SPAWAR
• Commander of the USS FLINT
• Executive Officer of the USS GRIDLEY


• United States Naval Academy, Masters Degree in Computer Systems Management

Thank you to RADM Ken Slaght, USN(Ret) for an excellent, informative and engaging presentation and discussion on San Diego’s Cybersecurity Industry for our January meeting. To all who attended, (and there were 48 of us!) a Thank You! as well. We sincerely hope you found the presentation and questions informative and helpful. An extra appreciative Thank You! to USD and the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology for providing our chapter an incredible and comfortable meeting location.

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