Lieutenant General Rhett Hernandez
(USA, Retired, USMA 1976)

Leadership, leader development, transformational change, strategic planning, strategic partnerships, human resources, operations, cyber security and cyberspace operations.

LTG Hernandez has over 37 years of experience leading military and government organizations.  He has commanded at all levels, from company to Army.  His last active duty assignment was as the first commander of Army Cyber Command/2nd US Army, where he was responsible for the operations and defense of all Army networks.  He built and led a 17,000 person global cyber force, provided strategic direction, developed requirements, and transformed the Army's approach to cyberspace operations.  While commanding the Army's Human Resource Command, he transformed the personnel system to support an Army at war.  In addition to serving in Iraq, he was the senior defense official to Saudi Arabia, where he led the largest security assistance program in the world and strengthened the strategic military partnership.  As the deputy for Army operations, he oversaw worldwide operations, approved and prioritized Army requirements and oversaw Army transformation efforts.  He currently serves as the West Point Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute and as President, CyberLens, LLC, which focuses on leadership, strategic planning, and risk management.

Scholarly Work/Publications/Awards  
Various military awards and a range of publications focused on leadership and transformational change.  Publications include:

  • Officer Personnel Management System XXI-What does it mean for your future?,
    Field Artillery Journal.
  • Lost Priorities, National War College.
  • Top 10 Traits for Future Leaders, Field Artillery Journal.
  • A Digital Training Strategy for the 21st Century, Field Artillery Journal.
  • Cyberspace in Support of Full Spectrum Operations, Military Information Technology.
  • Redefining IA Compliance as Part of Operationalizing Cyber, Information Assurance Newsletter.
  • Cyberspace for America's Force of Decisive Action, AUSA Green Book.
  • Transforming Cyber Operations While at War, AUSA Green Book. 

LTG Hernandez (Retired) has addressed many audiences on transforming the Army Personnel System, strengthening strategic partnerships, Army training and operations, and cyberspace operations. He testified twice on Cyberspace requirements to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

BS, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
ME, Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
MS, National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington, DC
United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Association United States Army
Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association