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The Future of the American Military

Stanford University
December 7, 2011

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John L. Hennessy is President of Stanford University. He joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and was named the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1987. He served as Director of the Computer Systems Laboratory, Chair of Computer Science, Dean of the School of Engineering, and Provost prior to being inaugurated as Stanford’s 10th President in 2000. In 2005, he became the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship. He is a recipient of the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, the 2000 ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the 2001 ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, and a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and in 2005 received the Academy’s Founders Award. He serves as a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. Video (9 mins)
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford University, where he is also Codirector of the Bill Lane Center for the American West and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history. His publications include Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (1970), recipient of a Bancroft Prize; Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980); and Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 (1999), for which he received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in History. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society of American Historians. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996 and is the guest editor of the Dædalus issue on “The Modern American Military” (2011). Video (9 mins)
William J. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, where he is also Codirector of the Preventive Defense Project and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He was Codirector of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation from 1988 to 1993. At the U.S. Department of Defense, he served as Secretary of Defense (1994 to 1997), Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993 to 1994), and Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977 to 1981). He has received numerous awards, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1989. He received the Academy’s Rumford Prize in 2008. Video (10 mins)
James J. Sheehan is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Modern European History, Emeritus, at Stanford University. His publications include Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe (2008); Museums in the German Art World from the End of the Old Regime to the Rise of Modernism (2000); and German History, 1770–1866 (1989). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, and, in 2004, was elected President of the American Historical Association. His awards and fellowships include Berlin Prize Fellow, American Academy in Berlin (2001), Guggenheim Fellow (2000–2001), and Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (1995–1996). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. Video (9 mins)
Karl Eikenberry is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Previously, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, where he led the civilian side of the surge directed by President Obama to reverse Taliban momentum and helped set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. He served in the United States Army for 35 years, retiring in 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General. His military service included posts in the United States, Korea, Italy, and Afghanistan. He also served in various policy and political-military positions, including as Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels. His military awards include the Defense Distinguished and Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He is the recipient of the Department of State Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He is a Trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors. Video (9 mins)

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