The Honorable William J. James Perry
William J. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor Emeritus at Stanford University as well as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. He is also co-director of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford's Institute for International Studies. Previously, Perry served as Secretary of Defense from February 1994 to January 1997. He was also co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control from 1988 to 1993. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and arms control. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Perry has received a number of other awards including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association's Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine.