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NEWS | June 7, 2024

A Legacy of Excellence: the Tenure of Holly Baroody, Executive Director, USCYBERCOM

Ms. Holly Baroody, Executive Director, USCYBERCOM, is set to hand over the reigns as Executive Director (EXDIR) of USCYBERCOM to Ms. Morgan Adamski, June 7, 2024.

Baroody assumed responsibility as EXDIR in December 2022. During her time at USCYBERCOM, Baroody is credited with having made significant contributions to the advancement of the Command’s strategic priorities, for strengthening partnership with NSA and the broader community, and for leaving a lasting impact on the field of cybersecurity.

“I am proud of the work we have done to advance innovation for the Command, including our support to key Defense Science Board studies,” Baroody said. In addition to the DSB, Baroody solidified key partnerships with the Federally Funded Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)/University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) community that will continue to serve the Command into the future. “It’s been rewarding to help strengthen partnerships with interagency, industry, academia and international partners to achieve common objectives in support of our Nation’s security and defense.”

One such partnership was the Constellation program, a collaboration with DARPA that aimed to overcome the “cyber S&T valley of death” by investing in new technologies and innovations. “The Constellation program has been a game-changer for us,” Baroody said. “It has allowed us to accelerate the development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies that are critical to our mission.” Baroody also championed the Command’s comprehensive AI roadmap and Task Force that is helping to ensure we are ready to operate in increasingly complex and dynamic cyber environments.

Baroody also placed a strong emphasis on workforce development during her tenure. “I am so proud of the work we have done to develop and grow our workforce,” she said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the amazing people in Cyber Command.” Baroody led the stand-up of the Command’s first Civilian Workforce Council, a deliberate effort to further invest in the development of civilian talent at a time of significant growth for the Command. She also helped advance training programs for operators and analysts, in close collaboration with NSA, to best prepare our elite cyber warriors.

Baroody’s leadership and dedication to her work have not gone unnoticed. “Ms. Baroody was exactly the right leader for the job,” General Timothy Haugh, commander, USCYBERCOM said.  “She has been an outstanding Executive Director, and her leadership and dedication to the men and women of USCYBERCOM have been instrumental in our success and our future.”

Baroody’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cybersecurity professionals.