Guy M. Walsh is the founding executive director of The University of Texas at San Antonio’s National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC). The NSCC was established in 2019 on the UTSA main campus and is a core initiative in UTSA’s downtown campus expansion with the opening of the NSCC/School of Data Science in 2022. The NSCC is focused on advancing research, education and workforce development in areas including cybersecurity, data analytics, augmented/virtual reality, cloud computing and 5G technology while anchoring the San Antonio-Austin emerging high-tech corridor.
Walsh brings a wealth of experience in building strategic alliances between federal and state government, academia and industry partners. He is among the nation’s foremost leaders in national security as the strategic initiatives lead for U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George Meade, Md. His expertise includes interagency coordination, cyber and Joint All Domain operations, international engagement, partnership building, risk mitigation and crisis response, strategic planning and local and state emergency management.
In 2011, Walsh was handpicked by the NSA Director/Commander, U.S. Cyber Command to operationalize cyber as the newest combat organization in the Department of Defense. His strategic vision led to the creation of Cyber Command’s Guard and Reserve Directorate in 2011, where he established numerous partnership and policy initiatives in collaboration with senior officials on the national security staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Guard Bureau, National Governors Association, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice.
In 2015, Walsh was a founding member and deputy director of the Capabilities Development Group, charged with integrating USCYBERCOM’s prioritized cyberspace capability development to rapidly deliver joint operational products and services required for generating, facilitating and monitoring effects in and through cyber space. He was also a founding member, co-developer and champion for CYBER GUARD, a Tier 1 level exercise to develop a “whole of nation” (federal, state and private sectors) response to cyber threats to U.S. critical infrastructure and key resources.
Guy Walsh has over 20 years of executive level management and operational leadership roles in both national defense and domestic operations (DSCA/DOMOPS) including aerospace operations, cyberspace operations, counterinsurgency and disaster relief and recovery. He has been an innovative and motivational leader of complex organizations including Commander, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard and Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Guy is command pilot with 100 combat missions and 4,200 flying hours in military aircraft including the A-10C Thunderbolt, F-4 Phantom and C-130J Hercules.
Guy is a native of Manasquan, New Jersey and a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard’s Senior Executive program in Homeland Security. He served as a National Defense Fellow with the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) and also holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.