Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.)
Chairman Emeritus, Atlantic Council Board of Directors and International Advisory Board; Founder, The Scowcroft Group
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January 21, 2018
February 06, 2017In facing the challenges of the world today, leaders and policymakers can draw on examples from the past in order to create hope for the future. As described by Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council,…
May 14, 2015Strategy Session with Robert Scher, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and CapabilitiesThe Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a strategy session for Robert Scher, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This session brought together noted strategists and security and…
April 17, 2015The use of information has long been a critical element of US foreign policy. In recent years, however, the growing complexity of the communication landscape makes effective global public engagement an increasingly challenging prospect. At the same time, the skills…
March 19, 2015The battleground was a familiar one to General Brent Scowcroft: the White House Cabinet Room where President George H.W. Bush had convened his National Security Council to reach urgent decisions amid an unfolding crisis. It was eight in the morning…
His extraordinary 29-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 master’s 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.