Maj Gen (Ret) Brett T. Williams BS’81

Alexandria, VA

Brett Williams is a co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc. His division is responsible for the design and development of security operations centers that leverage the IronNet cybersecurity solution. His division provides a variety of managed security services and client security assessments as well as training, testing and certification for network security personnel. Brett is also responsible for product, enterprise and physical security at IronNet.  IronNet achieved series A funding of $32.5M in late 2015.

During his time as an Air Force General Officer, Brett served in four senior executive leadership positions. As the Director of Operations (J3) at U.S. Cyber Command, he led a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all DOD networks as well as the planning and execution of authorized offensive operations. Prior to this position, he served as Director of Operations (A3O), U.S. Air Force, where he led the largest Air Staff directorate consisting of more than 1,300 airmen and civilians stationed world-wide. In this role, he developed and justified the operations component of the annual $120B Air Force budget. General Williams also served as the Director of Communications (J6) for U.S. Pacific Command. His 150-person directorate executed an annual budget of $57M and was responsible for the design, implementation and operation of all command and control networks supporting DOD’s largest geographic warfighting command.  Finally, as the Inspector General for Air Combat Command, he led the inspection, audit and compliance process for all U.S based combat flying organizations.

Operationally, General Williams led a variety of large, complex organizations ranging in size from 300 to over 9,000 personnel.  In his most significant leadership position as 18th Wing Commander in Okinawa, Japan, he led the largest combat wing in the Air Force. General Williams was responsible for relationships with Japanese political and business leaders in a highly volatile community environment. He executed an annual budget in excess of $100M to support a community of over 25,000 U.S. service members, their families and Japanese employees.  In this significant leadership role, he delivered success across a wide variety of mission areas to include aircraft operations, aircraft maintenance, logistics, civil engineering, security and policing, community support, human resources, financial management and medical services. Brett is an F-15C fighter pilot with over 28 years of flying experience, including more than 100 combat missions.

Brett serves on the Government Advisory Board for Ciena Government Solutions Inc. He is the chairman of the Advisory Board for the Duke University School of Nursing and a member of the Duke Health Board of Visitors. He is a faculty member with the National Association of Corporate Directors Board Advisory Services and a member of the Washington Speakers Bureau and the Keppler Speakers Bureau. Brett holds a BS in Computer Science from Duke University and three graduate degrees in management and national security studies.