Lt. Gen. (retired) Michael J. Basla is Senior Vice President of Advanced Solutions for L-3 National Security Solutions (L-3 NSS). He is responsible for leading Advanced Solutions, a comprehensive enabling organization focused on developing and delivering IT operations, services and security to the organization and providing strategic insight and rapid solutions development to national and international security customers in the areas of cyber, intelligence and information technology.
Advanced Solutions (AS) is comprised of the Chief Information Office, Chief Information Security Office, Solutions Architecture and Development, Quality and Process Management Support and L-3’s Integrated Solutions Centers.
General Basla concluded his U.S. Air Force career as the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, General Basla was responsible for leading four directorates and supporting 77,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe, with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He had overall responsibility for cyber security policy and workforce development, networks and network-centric policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As Chief Information Officer, General Basla provided oversight of portfolio management that delivered enterprise architectures and enforced Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. He integrated Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking air, space, and terrestrial assets. In addition, he was responsible for shaping doctrine, strategy and policy for all cyberspace operations and support activities.
General Basla received his commission in 1979 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. He served in five operational communications units including commands at detachment, squadron and group levels. He has extensive joint command experience, including a tour as Director for C4 Systems, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he delivered integrated network operations for coalition forces in support of the United Nations security resolution enforcement against Iraq.
He has served in leadership positions on the staffs of the Joint Staff, U.S. Transportation Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Air Mobility Command and Air Force Communications Command. Prior to his final assignment, he was Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., where he assisted the commander in organizing, equipping, training, and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands with missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, communications and cyber capabilities.
General Basla holds a Master of Science in teleprocessing science from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of New York, Albany, which recently named him a Distinguished Alumnus.