Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Brent Scowcroft
President of The Scowcroft Group
As President of The Scowcroft Group and one of the country's leading experts on international policy, Brent Scowcroft provides clients with unparalleled strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena.
Brent Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only individual in U.S. history appointed to the position under two different Presidents. 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 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 Attaché 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.
Out of uniform, General Scowcroft continued in a public policy capacity by serving on the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control, the President's Commission on Strategic Forces, the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management and the President's Special Review Board. In recent years, he 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 also 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.
General Scowcroft currently serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. At present, he is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Board, the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of West Point, and earned his masters and doctorate in international relations from Columbia University.
In 1991, General Scowcroft was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George H.W. Bush, and in 1993 was awarded an honorary knighthood - a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) - by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr.
59th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013.
Lieutenant General Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master’s degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.
Previous to this assignment, Lt. Gen. Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.
Lieutenant General Caslen’s prior deployments and assignments include serving as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS., the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States; commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and commanding general of the Multi-National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commandant of Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy; Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, The Joint Staff; Assistant Division Commander (maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light); Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force Mountain during Operation Enduring Freedom; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Senior Brigade C2 Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy; J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Lieutenant General Caslen’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and is Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified.
Lieutenant General Caslen is married with three children.
Mr. Daniel Clemens
Mr. Daniel Clemens is a serial entrepreneur living in San Francisco. His first foray into entrepreneurship was at the age of 5, when he collected and sold flowers door-to-door in his Los Angeles neighborbood. His last company, AppJet, created real-time collaboration products and was acquired by Google in 2010. Daniel has been a Senior Manager at Google for the past two years working on a variety of early stage products. Before that, Daniel was CEO and Co-Founder of an international education and technology company and also worked with a team of global value investors who managed over $1.2 billion dollars for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Daniel was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he pursued a doctorate and had the pleasure of playing on the grass courts of Wimbledon and Queen’s Club as a Varsity member of the Oxford Men’s Tennis Team. Daniel’s thesis at Oxford focused on social networking technologies and the formation of new social capital-- the final chapter is still yet to be written. Prior to Oxford, Daniel graduated Phi Beta Kappa with distinction from Yale University, earning both a B.A. and M.A in the space of four years, winning the prize for best thesis in the social sciences, and was honored as one of the top 20 leaders and scholars in America by USA Today.
Daniel has long been dedicated to public service, leading and serving organizations both domestically and abroad, as well as serving on international advisory boards. Daniel has had the privilege of being an invited speaker at conferences around the globe and enjoys hosting idea hackathons, angel investing, and bringing great people together for anything that combines fun and fulfillment.
COL (Ret.) Robert L. Gordon III
Chief Strategy Officer for APX Labs
Robert "Rob" L. Gordon III is an American business executive. He is the Chief Strategy Officer for APX Labs and the former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, appointed the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on July 19, 2010.
In the Defense Department he was responsible for defense-wide policy, program execution and oversight of global community support programs to care for, support, and empower 2 million Service members, 1.2 million military spouses, 2 million children, and over 2 million military families worldwide. As the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Gordon directly managed the Department of Defense Education Activity that serves approximately 90,000 students in 194 schools in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. He oversaw voluntary education for over half a million active duty military service members; defense resale for over 500 commissaries and exchanges; military spouse education and career advancement for 1.2 million military spouses; child development and youth activities programs; state liaison initiatives; family assistance and non-medical counseling services; and collaborates with Congressional leaders, White House leaders, business and non profit sectors, chambers of commerce, academic communities, and a multitude of federal and state agencies to strengthen the resilience and well being of the military community. Included within the purview of his office is strategic development of quality education for more than one million military school aged children. His oversight includes two Armed Forces Retirement Homes, casualty and mortuary affairs, and military funeral honors. Gordon spearheaded the creation of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership initiative, a partnership with currently over 150 employers that hired over 27,000 military spouses in the first year of the partnership's inception.
Gordon was a senior executive at City Year, an education based national service program that engages 17 - 24 year old corps members to serve full-time at one of 23 cities across the United States as tutors and mentors, running after-school programs and leading youth leadership programs.
Gordon was also the Founding Chair of ServiceNation: Mission Serve, a nationwide initiative established in 2009 within the Service Nation network that activates and convenes civilian and military organizations across the United States to more effectively focus on issues associated with Veterans, military families, and active duty service members reintegrating back into the communities across the country.
BG (Ret.) Russell D. Howard
Director of MonTrep and Adjunct Professor
Brigadier General (retired) Russell D. Howard is President of Howard's Global Solutions, Director of MonTrep, and an Adjunct Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University and a Senior Mentor for Development Alternatives Incorporated. Previously, General Howard was a Senior Advisor for the Singapore Home Team Academy, the Director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, and Head of the Department of Social Sciences and the Founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Prior to going to West Point, General Howard was an Army Chief of Staff Fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington. Other assignments include Assistant to the Special Representative to the Secretary General during UNOSOM II in Somalia, Deputy Chief of Staff for I Corps, and Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander for the Combined Joint Task Force, Haiti/Haitian Advisory Group.
COL (Ret.) Jay Parker
Professor and Chair of International Security Affairs, College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University
Dr. Jay M. Parker is Professor and Chair of International Security Affairs, College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University. He is a Board Member of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), and a Truman National Security Project Fellow. In 2009-10, he was interim Chair-International Relations and Security and Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He previously served as Executive Vice President-Center for the Study of the Presidency, and as Advisor and Center Liaison to the Iraq Study Group. In 2005, Dr. Parker retired from the U.S. Army in the rank of Colonel after 26 years of service. His last assignment was Professor and Director of International Relations and National Security Studies at the US Military Academy, West Point. He chaired the Academy's Scholarship Committee, provided analytical support to Department of the Army, and authored or edited numerous publications. Commissioned as an Infantry Officer, he commanded units in Germany and at Ft. Bragg, NC. Dr. Parker is former chair of the International Security Studies Section-International Studies Association (ISA). In 2009, he was named Chair of ISA's Professional Development Committee. A former member of the advisory committees for the Museum of Television and Radio Satellite Seminar Series, Dr. Parker appeared in the Emmy nominated documentary "Reporting America at War," and developed the Council on Foreign Relations Classic Foreign Policy Films Series. He was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University, a U.S.-Japan Leader Fellow, served on adjunct faculty at Columbia University and George Washington University, and serves on the editorial boards of "Pacific Focus," and "Media, War, and Conflict". He served on both the Defense and Veterans Affairs Advisory Teams of Obama for America. He was a campaign speaker and field volunteer in six states, and served on the Presidential transition.
Dr. Kori Schake
Member, Military History Working Group
Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
During the 2008 presidential election, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.
From 2007 to 2008 she was the deputy director for policy planning in the state department. In addition to staff management, she worked on resourcing and organizational effectiveness issues, including a study of what it would take to “transform” the state department so as to enable integrated political, economic, and military strategies.
During President Bush's first term, she was the director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council. She was responsible for interagency coordination for long-term defense planning and coalition maintenance issues. Projects Schake contributed to include conceptualizing and budgeting for continued transformation of defense practices; the most significant realignment of US military forces and bases around the world since 1950; creating NATO's Allied Command Transformation and the NATO Response Force; and recruiting and retaining coalition partners for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
She has held the Distinguished Chair of International Security Studies at West Point, and also served in the faculties of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and the National Defense University. She is on the boards of the journal Orbis and the Centre for European Reform and blogs for Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government.
Her publications include State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department (Hoover Institution Press, 2012), Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance (Hoover Institution Press, 2009), “Choices for the Quadrennial Defense Review” (Orbis, 2009), “Dealing with a Nuclear Iran” (Policy Review, 2007), and “Jurassic Pork” (New York Times, 2006). She coauthored “How America Should Lead” (Policy Review, 2002), and coedited The Berlin Wall Crisis: Perspectives on Cold War Alliances (2002), and “Building a European Defense Capaibility” (Survival,, 1999).
From 1990 to 1996, she worked in Pentagon staff jobs, first in the Joint Staff’s Strategy and Policy Directorate (J-5) and then in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.