The Sycamore Institute presents David Lyon, Director, the cyber threat intelligence company Flashpoint and Karen M. Schaefer, former Chief of Operations, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence (CIA):
Both speakers will be discussing their CIA career and would be happy to answer any questions students may have.
David Lyon is a global security and intelligence executive, currently working as a Director at the cyber threat intelligence company Flashpoint following nearly nine years at the Crumpton Group, an intelligence-led strategic advisory firm. Mr. Lyon served for over a decade as an intelligence operative with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations where he completed multiple overseas field tours. He has specialized training in human behavioral analysis and on-the-ground experience evaluating individuals’ suitability for the most sensitive operations, often with life or death consequences. He also served as a uniformed intelligence officer with the US Navy and was an Assistant Country Director for China within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Karen M. Schaefer held numerous leadership positions within the Central Intelligence (CIA) during her 26-year career, with overseas assignments as an operations officer in Latin America, Europe, Afghanistan, and Iraq (where she served as Chief of Base). Her headquarters positions included Chief of Operations, Directorate of Science and Technology; Deputy Associate Director of Military Affairs; Deputy Chief of Counterintelligence, Near East Division; Executive Assistant to Deputy Director CIA; and Group Chief, Iran Operations Division. She also served as Director of Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council (NSC). She closed out her government career as the Associate Executive Assistant Director (AEAD) of the National Security Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Director’s Senior CIA Representative.
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