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KPU Presents Three Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairs

WHO:         
General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2001-2005
General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2005-2007
General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1997-2001

WHAT:     
American University’s Kennedy Political Union presents, a discussion with three former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

WHEN:        
8:15 p.m., Monday, April 12

WHERE:    
American University’s Bender Arena

DETAILS:
NOTE TO MEDIA—NO VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING WILL BE PERMITTED. MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WHO WISH TO ATTEND MUST RSVP TO BARRETT@AMERICAN.EDU BEFORE NOON, MONDAY, APRIL 12. MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA WHO DO NOT RSVP WILL NOT BE GRANTED ACCESS.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 8, 2010)—General Richard Myers, Peter Pace, and Hugh Shelton, chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, will discuss national security and the future of the military with American University students at the Kennedy Political Union’s year-end event, beginning at 8 p.m., Monday, April 12 in AU’s Bender Arena.

The Kennedy Political Union (KPU) is one of the premier student-run lecture series in the United States. Past speakers include Madeleine Albright, Bob Dole, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the 14th Dalai Lama, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Will Hubbard, the 2009–2010 KPU director, will moderate the discussion. “More than 27 wars and conflicts plague the world today,” he said.  “The United States military and its policies are rapidly evolving. How do these issues affect the world we face, and the future of American security?”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the United States armed forces and the principal military adviser to the President of the United States, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense.

Shelton was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs from 1997 until 2001. During his tenure, he coined the phrase the “Dover test,” which refers to gauging public support for a war based on reactions to the arrival of U.S. causalities at Dover Air Force Base.  

Myers was chairman from 2001 to 2005 during the earliest stages of the war on terror, including the planning and execution of the 2003 Iraq invasion.  As vice chairman under Shelton, Myers took charge during the September 11, 2001, attacks while Shelton was out of the country.  “The outcome and consequences of defeat are greater than World War II,” Myers said of the war in Iraq.

Pace became the first Marine appointed to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2005. He often clashed with the Bush administration and openly disagreed with then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about the use of torture. “It is the absolute responsibility of every U.S., service member, if they see inhuman treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it,” Pace said.  

The event is presented in conjunction with numerous student organizations, including AU Student Veterans, Semper Fi Society, Student Veterans of America, Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity, The Eagle, and the Student Government.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.