Linda R. Medler is the director of Cyber for the Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) Advanced Missile Systems (AMS) product line in Tucson, Arizona, a position she accepted in June 2015. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.
In her current role, Medler is responsible for synchronizing cyber initiatives and capability development across the RMS product family. She leads and creates the cyber vision and strategy to develop nonkinetic capabilities for customers, and ensures cyber resiliency and defensive measures are incorporated into all variants of RMS weapon systems. Medler is building the methodology to address the Department of Defense (DoD) guidance on electronic warfare and cyber convergence and is incorporating cyber resiliency testing during all phases of weapon systems testing and certi cation in accordance with O ce of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) guidance and directives.
Before joining Raytheon, Medler was president and CEO of LA Medler and Associates, LLC, providing cyber strategy consulting services to commercial clients and numerous DoD customers and academic institutions. In 2014, she concluded 30 years of combined military service as a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force as director of Capability and Resource Integration (J8) for United States Cyber Command. In this capacity, she was responsible for mapping cyber requirements to capabilities, identifying and resourcing emerging cyberspace capabilities, developing the cyber component of the future year’s defense plan and overseeing the command’s budget. To meet the growing demand for o ensive and defensivecyberspace operations, Medler orchestrated the development of the current DoD Cyber Mission Force strategy and resourcing plan.
Her previous assignments included director of Communications and Networks for the Joint Sta , Joint Chiefs of Sta Deputy CIO, chief of sta for Air Force Materiel Command, Secretary of Defense corporate fellow; and presidential communications o cer at
the White House Communications Agency. Medler commanded at the squadron, group and wing level, and deployed to Afghanistan to lead more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for elding the Afghan National Army. In 2005, she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Medler is on the board of directors for both Operation Homefront and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and has served as a member of the Arizona Governor’s Cybersecurity Roundtable. A special adviser to the Arizona Cyber reat Response Alliance, she is also on the National Board of Advisers for the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, and a member of the Board of the Arizona State University Research Enterprise.
Medler holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has a master’s degree in business administration, management information systems from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in national strategic studies from the Naval War College.