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Wed January 16, 2008
Dowmel Lecture: Brent Scowcroft 1/15/08
Great Barrington, MA – As President and founder of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country's leading experts on international policy, Brent Scowcroft provides Group clients with unparalleled strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena.
Brent Scowcroft has served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. In this capacity, he advised and assisted a wide range of U.S. and foreign corporate leaders on global joint venture opportunities, strategic planning, and risk assessment.
His prior extraordinary twenty-nine year military career began with graduation from West Point and concluded at the rank of Lieutenant General following service as the Deputy National Security Advisor. His Air Force service included Professor of Russian History at West Point; Assistant Air Attache in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Head of the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy; Air Force Long Range Plans; Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Assistance; Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Military Assistant to President Nixon.
Gen. Scowcroft was a leading Republican critic of U.S. policy towards Iraq before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which war critics have seen as significant, given Scowcroft's close ties to former President Gearge H.W. Bush. Scowcroft supporteded the invasionan af Afghanistan as a "direct response" to terrorism.
Out of uniform, he continued in a public policy capacity by serving on the President's Advisory Committee on Arms Control, the Commission on Strategic Farces, and the President's Special Review Board, also known as the Tower Commission.
He currently serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D in international relations fram Columbia University.