Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Advisor
Dr. Lani Kass is Senior Vice President and Corporate Strategic Advisor for CACI International Inc. Dr. Kass leads corporate efforts to advance CACI's presence and stature in the U.S. national security sector, as well as enhance and expand key client relationships. Working directly for the President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as the Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, she participates in the development of corporate strategy, positioning CACI for growth. In this role, she brings to bear skills and expertise honed during 29 years of distinguished federal service at the highest levels.
Prior to joining CACI in January 2012, Dr. Kass served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). She was responsible for the high-level assessments and analyses necessary to render the best military advice and execute the integrated strategies, programs, and plans essential to America's security. Her foresight, expertise, and cross-cultural, multi-lingual skills were highly valued, particularly during international crises. Her contributions were recognized by both the Secretary of Defense and CJCS. She received the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award - the highest award granted to U.S. Government civilian employees.
Dr. Kass also served as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (CSAF), Senior Mentor to USAF Project CHECKMATE, and Director of the Cyber Task Force. She developed the intellectual concepts that led to the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command and continue to underpin U.S. cyber strategy. She was awarded the prestigious Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by both the Secretary of the Air Force and CSAF.
Dr. Kass's other career highlights include appointment as the first woman Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College (NWC), National Defense University. During her 20 years of service at NWC, Dr. Kass educated several generations of senior-most strategic leaders. Her former students currently serve as CJCS, service chiefs, combatant commanders, defense chiefs in allied capitals, ambassadors, agency directors, and senior intelligence officers.
Dr. Kass has authored two books and 25 scholarly articles. She developed, directed, and taught graduate-level courses on a wide variety of national security subjects. She received doctorates from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Kaplan School of Economics and Political Science and Columbia University's School of International Affairs. In 2014, Dr. Kass was elected to the Board of Women in Aerospace (WIA). In 2016, she was sworn in as a member of the Air University Board of Visitors’ Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Subcommittee. A sister institution to the Naval Postgraduate School, AFIT is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Nominations for the subcommittee come through the USAF Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force, and are confirmed by the Secretary of Defense.