Announcements | Dec 08, 2015
Mr. Winnefeld served as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2011-2015. As the nation’s number two ranking military officer, his portfolios included investment, personnel, strategy, policy, and operations, as well as participation as a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council.
He began his naval service as a fighter pilot, flying the F-14 Tomcat during several deployments to the Arabian Gulf region, and serving as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun. During this period he also was senior aide to General Colin L. Powell.
After squadron command, he graduated first in his class from the Navy’s nuclear power school and subsequently commanded USS CLEVELAND and then USS ENTERPRISE during our nation’s response to the terror attacks of 9/11. Later he simultaneously commanded NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, and the United States SIXTH Fleet. After serving as the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, he assumed command of United States NORTHERN Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD.
Articles | Nov 20, 2015
BGS Advisory Board Member, Michael Vickers, Discusses In Politico The Need For A Change In U.S. Strategy Against ISIS
Vickers argues for a “Syria-first” strategy, as well as the creation of a de facto state.READ ARTICLE
Articles | Nov 18, 2015
Articles | Nov 16, 2015
BGS Senior Counselor Michael Morell In Time Magazine Discusses The Ongoing Threats To The U.S. Posed By ISIS
Morell writes, “the nature and significance of the threat flows from the fact that ISIS is— all at the same time— a terrorist group, a state, and a revolutionary political movement. We have not faced an adversary like it before.”READ ARTICLE
Interviews | Nov 15, 2015
Admiral James Stavridis, BGS Advisory Board Member, Shared His Perspectives On Global Threats Posed By ISIS
In the last several weeks, Admiral Stavridis appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and NPR. He was also featured in the The Financial Times and The Huffington Post.READ MORE
Announcements | Oct 30, 2015
Dr. Vickers was the longest serving Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the department’s history.
Previously, he served as the department’s first and only Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity & Interdependent Capabilities from July 2007 to March 2011, and Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence from January 2011 to March 2011.
Dr. Vickers’ federal service has spanned nearly four decades, serving in a variety of positions as a national security decision maker and intelligence community leader. In addition to his tenure at the Department of Defense, he also served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces non-commissioned officer and Special Forces officer, and was a CIA operations officer.READ ANNOUNCEMENT