Former Director of Defense Intelligence Agency to Speak on Cyber Threats

Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., a leading expert in U.S. Intelligence, will speak at Columbus State University on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cunningham Center. A retired Lt. General in the U.S. Army and inductee into the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, Burgess will speak on “The Cyber Threat and the Way Ahead” as part of the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series.

Burgess currently serves as the Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs and Military Affairs at Auburn University. As the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, he is recognized as a driving force in the U.S. Intelligence Community and has been called upon by the president and Congress to address some of the greatest challenges confronting the U.S.

Introduced in 2007 to address issues of national security, the Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series is funded by the Richard R. Hallock Foundation and coordinated by Columbus State’s College of Letters and Science. The lecture series has featured a three former ambassadors and numerous leaders in national security.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kimberly Gill, PhD, Assistant Dean for Military Outreach, at (706) 507-8483 or