Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategic Advisor
Dr. Lani Kass is Corporate Strategic Advisor and Senior Vice President for CACI International Inc, a $3.6 billion information solutions and services company. In this role, Dr. Kass leads corporate efforts to advance CACI's presence in the U.S. national security market, supports the development and evolution of CACI's corporate strategy, and supports the development and expansion of key client relationships. Dr. Kass also leads CACI's participation in the annual Asymmetric Threats symposia that the company has co-sponsored since 2008.
Prior to joining CACI, Dr. Kass served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for three years. In this position, she was responsible for high-level assessment and analysis supporting the development and execution of integrated strategies, programs, and plans essential to America's security. Her foresight, expertise, and cross-cultural multi-lingual skills played a key part in successful interactions and international negotiations with Russia, China, and NATO.
Before joining the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dr. Kass was the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for three years and served as Director of the USAF Cyber Task Force. In this role, she developed the intellectual concepts that led to the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command, the government's lead organization for developing and implementing national cyber strategy. Her career highlights also include being the first woman to serve as 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 the nation's senior-most strategic leaders. She served the U.S. government with great distinction for 27 years and retired in September 2011.
Dr. Kass has authored two books and over 20 scholarly articles, and developed, directed, and taught graduate-level courses on subjects such as U.S. national security, international relations, terrorism and counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction proliferation and counter-proliferation, and Russian and European security issues. She is a graduate of the National War College, National Defense University, and holds a PhD from the Kaplan School of Economics and Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia University's School of International Affairs.