Signature Speaker Series

The Signature Series is an annual event bringing high quality professional speakers to USC Aiken.

Admiral William Fallon

USC Aiken is pleased to announce that military commander and cybersecurity expert Admiral William Fallon will speak at the Chancellor’s Signature Speaker Series at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus on February 15, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. Admission is free and open to the public.

Four-star Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired) and Chairman of cybersecurity company CounterTack, William “Fox” Fallon was the first Navy officer to head U.S. Central Command. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called him “one of the best strategic thinkers in uniform."

Fallon led US and Allied forces in eight separate commands at the highest levels of American government before retiring after 41 years of leadership. His advocacy of diplomatic and economic engagement as the preferred approach to resolving international disputes was the hallmark of his distinguished service.

As Commander of U.S. Central Command from 2007 to 2008, Fallon led U.S. military forces in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa and was instrumental in the turnaround of the ground situation in Iraq. He promoted active communication between governments while in command of the Asia­Pacific and Middle East regions. During his tenure as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, he promoted stronger military-­to-­military relations between the U.S. and China.

He applies his experience in international security, political, and commercial affairs to his current role as chairman of CounterTack, Inc., a cybersecurity company. His years in the military helped shape his understanding of the rising need for cybersecurity to protect sensitive communications and critical assets and reinforced his commitment to an active response to cyber threats.

Fallon operates his own consulting and advisory business, William J. Fallon & Associates, LLC and is a partner at Tilwell Petroleum, LLC. He is a distinguished Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses, a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Science Board, and sits on the advisory board of cybersecurity startup Cylance, as well as the American Security Project, a bipartisan public policy initiative dedicated to fostering knowledge about national security and foreign policy issues. He recently joined the ownership and management team of SM&A, an Irvine, CA based consulting firm.

Educated at Villanova University, the US Naval War College, and National War College, Fallon also holds his M.A. in International Studies from Old Dominion University. He spent a year as a Robert Wilhelm Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies and serves as chair of the center’s advisory board. A frequent lecturer at universities, corporations, and symposia worldwide, Fallon champions initiatives in energy, cybersecurity, global health, and leadership by example.

About the Series

USC Aiken is building a rich tradition of excellence by offering students, faculty, and the community, the opportunity to experience and learn from remarkable individuals who are making meaningful contributions to the world and helping to shape significant dialogue about the challenges we face as individuals and as a nation. World leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors and other celebrated personalities provide diverse opinions, profound insights and fascinating discussions on a broad scope of issues. The 2017 program is the third presentation of this program.