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A Conversation with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Brent Scowcroft

Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft"s distinguished record of public service spans more than three decades. He served as national security adviser to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was military assistant to President Richard Nixon.

A graduate of West Point and Columbia University, Scowcroft"s Air Force service included assignments as a professor of Russian History at West Point; assistant air attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; head of the political science department at the Air Force Academy; and special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Today he is president of The Scowcroft Group, where he provides clients with strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena. From 1982 to 1989, he was vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

In recent years, Scowcroft has served as a co-chair for both the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future and the National Academies of Science's Committee on Science, Security, and Prosperity. He formerly served as the chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush presented Scowcroft with the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He received the insignia of an Honorary Knight of the British Empire (K.B.E.) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1993.

Speaker Brent Scowcroft


Wed, April 4, 2012
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago