Brigadier General Francis X. Taylor (Ret.)
During Brig General Francis X. Taylor’s (Ret.) distinguished 31 years of military service with the Air Force, he received numerous awards and decorations, including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the U.S. Department of State Honor Award. His final assignment was Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, responsible for providing Air Force leaders with comprehensive criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, and security investigation and operations to protect global Air Force operations.
After he retired from active duty, General Taylor was nominated and confirmed as US Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism (2001 to 2002) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions (2002 to 2005). On leaving government, he became VP and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company managing security operations and crisis management globally until accepting the nomination as Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis for Department of Homeland Security in April 2014. In this role, he was charged with providing the Secretary, DHS senior leadership, the DHS components, state/local, tribal and private sector partners with the homeland security intelligence and information required to keep the country safe, secure and resilient. Mr. Taylor was also a member of the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2006 to 2010. He is President and CEO of FXTaylor Associates, LLC in Washington DC.
He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is a Distinguished Graduate of the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC program.