Friday, October 23, 2020 | 7 p.m. ET

Cmdr. Guy M. Snodgrass, USN(ret.)

Founder and CEO, Defense Analytics

Guy Snodgrass is an author, public speaker, and the founder and CEO of Defense Analytics, a firm specializing on the intersection between technology, innovation, and public policy. He is the author of Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis and TOPGUN’S TOP 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit. He also hosts Holding the Line, a popular national security and foreign policy podcast. He has appeared as an expert national security commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, and others, and is a contributor for Forbes.

Previously a career U.S. Navy F/A-18 pilot, Guy led combat sorties in support of forces on the ground during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, served as a U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Instructor, and completed two tours of duty in Japan as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Guy served on the U.S. Navy’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review team; as Speechwriter to Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. Navy’s 30th Chief of Naval Operations; and as the Pentagon’s Director of Communications and Chief Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., Computer Science, 1998); MIT (M.S., Nuclear Engineering and M.S., Computer Science, both in 2000); and U.S. Naval War College (M.A., National Security, 2012). He is a 2018-19 MIT Seminar XXI program graduate and a former Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Guy currently serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Institute, CIMSEC, and Candorful; on the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council, and as a member of the Council on Competitiveness. An Eagle Scout, Guy was also recognized in 2020 with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America.