TopGun’s Top 10


Commander Guy Snodgrass
US NAVY (Ret.)


7:15 am – 9:00 am


Clubs of Prestonwood – The Creek
15909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75248


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Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit

  1. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy
  2. Success during moments of crisis lead to stronger teams
  3. Small successes lead to big accomplishments
  4. It’s easy to be flexible and adaptable when you anticipate problems.
  5. Being successful means always have a ‘wingman.’
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Commander Guy Snodgrass
US NAVY (Ret.)

As Defense Analytics’s Chief Executive Officer, Guy guides the firm’s digital strategy and builds teams dedicated to providing the support, protection, and insight capabilities clients need for their continued success. He also leads Defense Analytics’s digital advisory practice centered around AI/ML, 5G, and other emerging technologies.


A career national security expert, Guy brings a wealth of experience from 24-years serving in the U.S. Department of Defense. His advisory experience spans Fortune 500 companies and smaller privately held companies, as well as work with the White House, Congress, intelligence community, and dozens of allied and partner nations. Guy also authored the publicly released 2018 National Defense Strategy, which advocated for game-changing technological investments required to safeguard America’s digital infrastructure and overall security interests.


Commander Snodgrass previously served as a career fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. These tours of duty included service in combat over the skies of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, as a TOPGUN Instructor at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, and as commanding officer for a Japan-based fighter squadron, with operational experience in the Americas, Europe, Indo-Pacific, and Middle East.


He is most recently the author of TOPGUN’s TOP 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit, which explores leadership tenets through the lens of the high-performance fighter pilot community. He hosts Holding the Line, a popular national security and foreign policy podcast, and has appeared as an expert national security and technology commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, and is a Forbes contributor.


An Eagle Scout, Guy was recognized in 2020 with the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America based on lifelong contributions to the community.