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Col. Cedric Leighton


Col. (Ret) Cedric Leighton has 26 years experience as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force and specializes in National Security and Intelligence, Cyber Strategy and Organizational Leadership. A former member of the Joint Staff, Pentagon, under Admiral Mullen and General Pace and Deputy Training Director for the National Security Agency (NSA) serving under General Keith Alexander, Cedric Leighton was responsible for training thousands of NSA military personnel in intelligence and cyber security detection, prevention and assessments.


Colonel Leighton has extensive National and International media experience and appears as an expert on CNN, FOX, and Bloomberg, is a regular cyber and foreign policy news analyst for Capital Insider in Washington DC, and has been invited to speak at National and International Conferences on National Security, Cyber, and Defense issues.


Cedric Leighton has contributed to AOL Defense, Huffington Post, National Journal, CNBC. com, Leadership Excellence, American Management Association, Defense Systems and TheStreet. com.


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Posts by Col. Cedric Leighton:

  • Leighton’s Leading Edge: Ramp Up Your Leadership Skills For Spring

  • March 5th, 2013
    Spring is coming. As winter weather patterns continue their drives across the US, it’s hard for us to remember that the cold of Winter will, one day soon (we hope), give way to the warmth of Spring.  Experienced over [...]






  • Leadership, Heroism & Selflessness

  • January 9th, 2013
    2012 marked the passing of some incredible leaders. A few, like US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, were public figures.  Others, like teacher Victoria Soto or Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung and their Newtown, [...]






  • Crisis Forges Leaders

  • November 9th, 2012
    Out of crisis comes opportunity! A week after Hurricane Sandy unleashed its destructive and deadly force along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts, many of those impacted continue to be left without the modern necessities [...]






  • What Is Leadership?

  • September 27th, 2012
    Styles of leadership The terms “Leadership” and “Leader” mean many things to many people.   Some conjure up an image of a man or woman on a white horse, leading their troops into battle just like Joan of Arc [...]