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Bush School Advisor on Obama’s National Security Team

December 08, 2008

December 8, 2008

Two members of President-elect Barack Obama’s newly named national security team have close associations with the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

In addition to Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, who was interim dean of the Bush School prior to becoming president of the University, Obama’s new National Security Advisor, General James Logan Jones, Jr., is a member of the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs’ Advisory Board.

Currently president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Energy, General Jones completed 40 years of active duty service in the Marine Corps in 2007. His two final assignments were as 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander, U.S. European Command. After his retirement, he served as Chairman of the Congressional Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq and as a special envoy for Middle East Security. He is a decorated combat veteran who has worked closely with government, business, and civic leaders in an effort to protect and advance U.S. and allied interests around the world.

Other distinguished members of the SIIA Advisory Board include former Senator Howard Baker, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Professor John Deutch, Hon. Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Admiral Bobby Inman, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Hon. Virginia A. Mulberger, Ambassador Roman Popadiuk, Lt. Gen. Bernard L. Trainor, and Dr. Cindy Williams.

“Both are dedicated public servants who exemplify the qualities of principled leadership we seek to instill in our students.” said Dean Dick Chilcoat.

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a research institute. The Institute’s core mission is to foster and disseminate policy-oriented research on international affairs.

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