CNN Diplomatic and Military Analyst & Former Assistant Secretary of State
From the White House Situation Room to The Situation Room on CNN, Admiral John Kirby has spent his career leading through national and international crises and analyzing fast breaking news for the press and public. His posts as spokesman at the highest levels of the Navy, Pentagon and State Department placed him at the center of events that included the Naval Yard Shootings, the Ebola Crisis, Haiti Earthquake Relief, the War in Afghanistan, efforts to end the civil war in Syria, the fight against ISIS and the raid on Osama bin Laden. Now retired, Admiral Kirby is a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and a CNN military and diplomatic analyst. At CNN, he appears regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and across the network’s programming, providing commentary and analysis on breaking news and national security issues related to the U.S. military, defense, world affairs and diplomacy. Read More >
Policies Over Politics
Leading Through Crisis
According to a recent McKinsey report, headlines with the word “crisis” and the name of one of the Forbes 100 has increased 80% over the past decade. Is your organization ready? Read More >
In this essential presentation, Admiral John Kirby shares lessons learned on the ground and in the room making and shaping leadership decisions at the center of major crises and catastrophic events. Sharing examples ranging from the raid on Osama bin Laden to the Ebola Crisis and Haitian Earthquake, Kirby outlines the key components of crisis leadership and response, including:
There is no more difficult task than leading through a crisis — and no more important skill for any leader to possess. Admiral Kirby’s powerful storytelling takes you behind the headlines to the White House Situation Room, Pentagon Command Center and more, providing critical insights that will prepare your organization for whatever comes next. Read Less ^
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Chinese spying. Issues surrounding cybersecurity continue to dominate the headlines, and for good reason. Criminal networks, terrorist groups, foreign intelligence serves and hostile nation-states all employ the latest technology to steal our intellectual property, impact our trade decisions, disrupt our domestic politics and sow doubt in our own minds about the resilience of our own government. Read More >
As a two-star Navy admiral and press secretary for both the Pentagon and the State Department, John Kirby lived and worked daily at the very intersection of cyber threats and national security. It often fell to him to help make these threats make sense to the American people. Drawing from recent events and up-to-the-minute headlines, he examines cybersecurity on a geopolitical level, customizing for areas of concern to your audience. Read Less ^
There really shouldn’t be anything foreign about foreign policy. Every decision America makes sends a message about what matters and should align with a larger sense of its place in the world. Read More >
Given the tectonic shifts in global economic disparity, climate change, military adventurism, sectarian and religious discrimination, the rise of nationalism and the persistent threat of violent extremism violence, now is the perfect time to reexamine the decisions America has made on the world stage. Speaking on behalf of the nation that he served for three decades, Admiral John Kirby asks, “What is America’s place in the world?” “Who are we? “And most importantly, where should America’s place be in an uncertain future.
Against the backdrop of breaking world news and his experiences at the Pentagon and State Department, CNN military and diplomatic analyst Admiral John Kirby takes audiences on a trip around the globe. Travel with him to world capitals and hotspots as he reveals the hidden and all-too-often, missed opportunities America possesses. These opportunities will not only improve the planet and the fates of other countries, but will increase peace and prosperity for Americans at home.
This talk can be customized for a range of audiences and areas of interest. Read Less ^
In this role, Admiral Kirby brings his experience and presence as a high level spokesman and CNN analyst to lead discussions, moderate panels and interview key thought leaders. His vast knowledge of geopolitics, national security and diplomacy will stimulate conversation and help create an engaging and memorable event.
"Five minutes into the presentation, I could see that Admiral Kirby had the audience hanging on his every word, so much so, that people actually put their cell phones down and stopped returning emails. Admiral Kirby spent strategic planning time with me to ensure that his remarks would meet our association’s expectations. His discussion on leadership was the right message at the right time. The Admiral’s delivery style is professional and entertaining. His real life experiences and expertise made his presentation even more compelling. I would definitely use the Admiral’s services again and in fact, as I serve on another board of directors, and was asked to give a suggestion for a speaker, Admiral Kirby was the first to come to mind."
“We were so pleased to host John at the Manship School. He was a wonderful speaker, and was very engaged with our audiences, as well as the student interviewer for the event. He was a joy to work with, and we look forward to future opportunities to have him back.”
“Admiral John Kirby did an amazing job at our annual national symposium, weaving personal stories into a broader narrative on leadership and decision-making in difficult circumstances. He made us think and laugh at the same time, and his poignant, real-world stories gave our attendees a behind-the-scenes look at major national security issues. Admiral Kirby sent all of us home more informed about how the best decisions are made, and more excited to be leaders ourselves, and the feedback from his keynote continues to be enormously positive. He was, hands down, the best speaker of the conference!”