About the series

The Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab, is the Atlantic Council’s flagship speakers’ forum for senior military and defense leaders. The series provides a platform to discuss current strategic issues with an impressive audience drawn from across Washington’s policy community, including think tanks, media, industry, embassies, and the US government.

In 2023, the Atlantic Council hosted the Commander of US Southern Command General Laura Richardson, Commander of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa General James Hecker, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Chief of Space Operations General B. Chance Saltzman, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Christopher Grady.

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Commanders Series Highlights

Archive of Commanders series Alumnus




  • Former US Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr. (Before Gen Brown was confirmed as the 21st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
  • Former Acting Secretary of the US Army John Whitley
  • Chief of Staff of the US Army General James C. McConville





  • Former Chief of Staff of the US Army General Mark Milley (Before General Milley was confirmed as the 20th Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff)
  • Former Commander of US Pacific Command (Now US Indo-Pacific Command) Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr.









  • Former French Chief of Defense General Jean-Louis Georgelin
  • Former Commander, US Pacific Command Admiral Timothy Keating
  • Former Chief of Staff of the US Army General George W. Casey, Jr.
  • Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO and former Commander, US European Command General John Craddock


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