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A veteran of 26 years as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force, Colonel Cedric Leighton is a CNN Military Analyst, a co-founder of the cybersecurity risk consultancy CYFORIX and the Chairman of Cedric Leighton Associates, LLC, a global strategic risk consultancy. He supported key combat operations in the Middle East, deploying to the region five times. His development of innovative intelligence dissemination architectures continues to be used today. He has won a number of awards and decorations in the US Defense.
Colonel Leighton became a CNN Military Analyst in 2015. He helped CNN cover the Bataclan terrorist attacks from Paris that year. He has also provided his military expertise to help CNN’s audience deepen their understanding of many international security issues including the rise and fall of ISIS, Iran’s military intentions, the rise of China as well as Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
He has appeared on the biggest global television and radio networks, to include the BBC, CCTV (China), Al Jazeera, ARD, Fox News Channel. He has been quoted in the press worldwide. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the US Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Cedric also oversaw specialized intelligence operations at US Special Operations Command, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and served on both the Air Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Angelo State University.