Brig. Gen. Linda R. Medler was the Director, Capability and Resource Integration (J8), U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md. She is responsible for acquiring resources to satisfy the Command's requirements, and engages in the Defense Department's requirements, and planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) processes to do so. She lead an organization that maps cyber requirements to capabilities, identifies and resources emerging cyberspace capabilities, develops the cyber component of the future year's defense plan, and oversees yearly execution of U.S. Cyber Command's budget for the Department of Defense. To meet the growing demand for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, she led the development of, and has oversight for, the Cyber Mission Force integrated master plan and schedule. This comprehensive plan addresses the cyber manpower, facilities, equipment and training required to establish the Department of Defense's Cyber Mission Forces, covering three mission areas: Defend the Nation in Cyberspace, Provide Support to Combatant Commands, and Protect the DoD Information Networks.
General Medler initially entered active duty as a U.S. Marine. After graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., she served as an administrative specialist at Camp Elmore, Va. and then transitioned to civilian life and served in the Marine Corps Reserve. General Medler was commissioned in 1987 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School. She has served in a variety of communications positions in the Air Force and in joint and coalition commands.
Her commands include a communications squadron, mission support group, and an air base wing. She was selected as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow and has served as the Chief of Staff, Air Force Materiel Command. In 2005 she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations across the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She also deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from August 2004 to January 2005 where she led more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for a $7 billion program to field the 70,000-person Afghan National Army.