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Rick Escorla Homeland Security Lecture Series

Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series Featuring

Jen Easterly, Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Hosted by France Hoang, mcj '00

About the speakers

Jen EasterlyJen Easterly is the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Easterly was nominated by President Joseph Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As director, Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.

Before serving in her current role, Easterly was the head of Firm Resilience at Morgan Stanley, responsible for ensuring preparedness and response to business-disrupting operational incidents and risks to the firm.

Easterly has a long tradition of public service, including two tours at the White House, most recently as special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for counterterrorism. She also served as the deputy for counterterrorism at the National Security Agency.

A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star, Easterly retired from the U.S. Army after more than 20 years of service in intelligence and cyber operations, including tours of duty in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Responsible for standing up the Army’s first cyber battalion, Easterly was also instrumental in the design and creation of United States Cyber Command.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Easterly holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the recipient of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation American Hostage Freedom Award and the Bradley W. Snyder Changing the Narrative Award.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Easterly is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship, the National Security Institute Visiting Fellowship, the New America Foundation Senior International Security Fellowship, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship.


France HoangFrance Hoang received a master of criminal justice from Washburn University in 2000. He graduated at the top 1% of his class at West Point and also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

France is a veteran entrepreneur who has been on the founding teams of companies that have generated over $600 million of combined sales and employed over 1,200 professionals across the fields of law, aerospace, defense, government services and technology. He also has over 20 years of national security experience, with service in every branch of the U.S. government. He clerked for Chief Judge James E. Baker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and for Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. France was appointed by President George W. Bush as an associate White House counsel and special assistant to the president. Shortly after leaving the White House, he mobilized in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM where he served as the executive officer of a U.S. Army Special Forces Company on a combat deployment in Southeast Afghanistan.

France previously deployed to the Former Yugoslavia during Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard and later served as the deputy chief of police and SWAT commander for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He previously worked as a lawyer at the law firm of Williams & Connolly and briefly served as an assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He currently serves as a distinguished visiting lecturer at the U.S. Military Academy in the Department of Law.

France's current and previous board service includes MAG Aerospace, the Stimson Center, Marymount University, Bunker Labs, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He also serves as an advisor to the ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security.

France was born in Saigon, left Vietnam in a hurry in 1975 before the age of 2, and was raised in Tumwater, Washington. He currently resides in Colorado.

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Past Lectures

On April 14, 2022, Jen Easterly, Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joined Francis Q. Hoang, mcj '00, for a chat on the importance of cybersecurity and how the department works to defend against today's threats and collaborates with the private sector to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure. 

Listen to the 2022 Lecture

On November 12, 2020, the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department held the inaugural Rick Rescorla Homeland Security Lecture Series event, “Public Health, Individual Rights, and Personal Responsibility: A Conversation with Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, Former Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense.” Over 180 individuals logged into the Zoom event to hear Dr. Venkayya, president of the Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, discuss his efforts co-leading Takeda’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the role of individual rights and personal responsibility as they relate to COVID-19. The conversation was led by Francis Q. Hoang, mcj ’00, who served with Dr. Venkayya in the George W. Bush White House as associate White House counsel and special assistant to the president.

Listen to the 2020 Lecture

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