James Barnett, Jr.
James Arden “Jamie” Barnett, Jr. is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, serving for 32 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. He is one of the founders of the American College of National Security Leaders. His final assignment in the Navy was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. NECC consisted of approximately 40,000 specially trained Sailors such as the Seabees, Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel, Coastal Warfare and Riverine units, with approximately 8,000 of these Sailors deployed to combat zones. His previous flag assignment was Director of Naval Education and Training in the Pentagon. Upon retiring from the Navy, Rear Admiral Barnett was named as the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He was responsible for overseeing FCC activities pertaining to public safety, homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness. Under his leadership, the Bureau proposed major initiatives for Next Generation 9-1-1. He worked actively on a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for first responders, including a rule making that designated the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for that network. He established the Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division in his bureau and led the Commission’s team in developing policy to fight botnets and improve the security of Internet routing and the Domain Name System. He proposed and helped conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. Rear Admiral Barnett is currently a partner in a major law firm in Washington, D.C. where he is the Chair of the Telecommunications group. In 2015, he was named as a Top Lawyer in DC for cybersecurity by the Washingtonian magazine. He has written pieces for or been interviewed by The Washington Post, Newsweek, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico Pro, Communications Daily, The Washington Examiner, FedScoop, TR Daily, CIO Magazine, New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Network World, National Defense Week, Stars and Stripes and Law360 and has been interviewed on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg News as well as local Washington, DC stations. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Government Services for RigNet, a global communications and cybersecurity company. Legal Counsel Rear Admiral, USN (ret)