On April 4, Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Francis X. Taylor was interviewed by his alma mater’s magazine about his experiences as a black student, the difficulties he overcame at Notre Dame, and how it prepared him for a career as a brigadier general and commander of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations.

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