L-3 National Security Solutions (L-3 NSS), based in Reston, VA, announced on March 18 that it has appointed retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Michael J. Basla as senior vice president of strategic development. General Basla, who retired from the Air Force effective November 1, 2014, most recently served as Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and will provide strategic insight and rapid solutions development to national security customers in the areas of cyber, intelligence and information technology. General Basla will report directly to Les Rose, president of L-3 NSS.
“Mike Basla is a leader and a visionary whose operational and strategic expertise has left a lasting impact on the defense of our nation,” said Mr. Rose. “I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”
As CIO, General Basla was responsible for integrating Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities in air, space and cyberspace. He led strategy and policy development for cyberspace operations and was responsible for networks, communications and information resources management. His role included support of 77,000 cyber operations and support personnel around the globe.
General Basla previously served as Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., where he assisted the commander in maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for several commands, including the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).
General Basla served in five operational communications units and has extensive joint experience, including as Director of C4 Systems, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Saudi Arabia. In 2005, he received the Eugene M. Zuckert Award, which honors one general officer or senior executive service member each year for outstanding management achievements by a Department of the Air Force Manager.
General Basla holds a Master of Science in teleprocessing science from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of New York, Albany, which recently named him a Distinguished Alumnus.
Source: L-3 NSS