Mr. Reginald D. Hyde brings decades of national security career experience having worked in senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and within the Intelligence Community (IC). During his time in public service, Mr. Hyde developed a wide-range of knowledge and subject matter expertise having worked on important assignments involving policy, strategy, management, operations and new technologies.
Today, Mr. Hyde is the Executive Director of The University of Alabama Cyber Institute in addition to sitting on several corporate advisory boards. Previously, Mr. Hyde served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (DUSDI), the civilian equivalent of a 3-Star General, and Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this role, Mr. Hyde oversaw the intelligence elements of the Uniformed Military Services, the Combat Support Agencies (including the National Security Agency, National Geospatial Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency) and the Combatant Commands. Mr. Hyde engaged in a range of activities centered on optimizing the capabilities of military and civilian elements to provide key intelligence for senior policy makers and the warfighter. Central to these efforts was the integration of intelligence and military operations. As DUSDI, Mr. Hyde had policy, oversight and management responsibility for a broad portfolio that included most of the traditional intelligence and security disciplines: Human Intelligence; Counter Intelligence; Sensitive Activities; Intelligence Integration; Analysis; Security; Intelligence Sharing and Partnership Engagement; Technical Operations.
In 2000, as the NCS rep, Mr. Hyde helped stand up In-Q-Tel (IQT), the strategic venture arm of the IC that uses venture capital methods to acquire cutting-edge technology of value. In 2009, he rejoined the organization as Senior Customer Representative and member of the Executive Team, an executive leadership position as an advisor to the CEO and a liaison with the senior-levels of the IC. He also engaged in technology searches for new companies and participated in investment decisions, focusing primarily on various aspects of cyber technology as well as big data and advanced analytics. He developed significant contacts in the venture capital and private equity communities as he closely followed mergers and acquisition activity among companies oriented towards cyber security and government security activity.
In his early career as an Intelligence Officer, Mr. Hyde served four tours of duty abroad from 1985 to 1998 including stations in Europe, Eastern Europe and the Near East. His service included two assignments as Chief of Station. During his career, he worked extensively against the traditional hard targets and in counterintelligence as well as against principal transnational targets, counterterrorism, and counter proliferation. He also served as an Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI) from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Hyde was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service in 2002.
Mr. Hyde received his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Alabama School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from The University of Alabama. He also studied European Union Law at the Universite Libre de Brussels in Brussels, Belgium, and Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Mr. Hyde is professionally fluent in several foreign languages including Farsi, Dari, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Czech. He has studied academically/has a lesser proficiency in a number of other European and Slavic languages.
Mr. Ross Newland previously served as a Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During a 26-year career as a member of the Clandestine Service, Mr. Newland held a number of senior operational and managerial positions, including Deputy Director for Technical Services, Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Affairs (ADCI/MA), Director of Computer Network Operations, and Director of Operational Technology.
Currently Mr. Newland is the Managing Director of The Delian Group LLC, an intelligence and security consulting firm based in Washington D.C. The Delian Group provides cutting edge intelligence- and security-‐related technologies to public and private sector clients in Latin America. The Delian Group also provides risk management services to American clients wanting to do business in Latin America or expand their investments in the region.
Mr. Newland was a Chief of Station three times and had six overseas tours. Mr. Newland was also the recipient of various CIA awards, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the State Department Medal of Valor.
Mr. Newland was raised in Latin America and has native fluency in Spanish. He received his B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT., and his M.A. from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Steve Tidwell is the former Executive Director of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA). He had a 34-year career in law enforcement. He served eight years as a police officer with the Richardson, TX Police Department and 26 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Following his retirement from the FBI, he was a leadership consultant and served as the Executive Director of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. Prior to rejoining the FBINAA, he was a Managing Director with Freeh Group International Solutions.
He entered on duty with the FBI in June 1983, and served as an investigative agent in the Dallas, Mobile and Baltimore Field Offices, investigating narcotics, violent crime and gang matters. He served as a team member on the Mobile and Baltimore Field Office’s SWAT teams, in a variety of capacities. He was assigned to the Protection Details of the FBI Director and Attorney General. As a Supervisory Special Agent, Tidwell supervised gang, violent crime, and white collar crime squads.
He was promoted, in 1999, and served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City Division. In 2001, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as Inspector, Inspection Division, where he led teams in inspections and audits of FBI field offices and FBIHQ divisions. He was the team leader for the FBIHQ Flight 77 global investigative team following the 9/11 attacks.
In 2002, Tidwell was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Office. During the sniper investigation in the Washington, D. C., area, he was detailed to serve as an On-Scene Commander and supervised the crime scene at the arrest site.
In May 2003, he was assigned as Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBIHQ, with responsibility for the FBI’s White Collar, Public Corruption and Civil Rights programs. He was then appointed as Special Agent in Charge, Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), responsible for the FBI’s special mission, aviation, crisis management/response, and tactical programs and assets. He served as the FBI’s On-Scene Commander for personnel deployed to support the Government of Greece for the
2004 Athens Summer Olympics. He was the FBI’s first National Asset Commander for major tactical and crisis incidents and was responsible for the FBI’s overall national response to Hurricane Katrina.
In 2005, he was designated Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, the FBI’s third largest field office with 1300 employees. In December 2007, he was appointed as Executive Assistant Director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch, comprised of the Criminal Investigative Division, Cyber Division, CIRG, International Operations Division, and Office of Law
Enforcement Coordination. He was responsible for over 14,000 of the FBI’s personnel and the programs they supported.
He has been an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Division of Public Safety Leadership, a guest lecturer at the Naval Post Graduate School and Leadership instructor at the FBI’s Executive Development Institute. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He is a member of IACP, the FBINAA, ASIS, and served as Chairman of the Concerns of Police Survivors Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. He is a 2005 National Defense University’s Pinnacle Course (rising three star flag officers) Fellow.