Afghanistan and Beyond: The Future of American Security
Events | 2011 International Speaker Series
Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General McChrystal headed the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) which was responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein and the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Architect of the “surge” in Afghanistan, McChrystal speaks with rare candor about challenges to American security overseas and at home.
General Stanley McChrystal
Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Ret.
A one-of-a-kind commander with remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal (USA, Ret) is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. A four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive counter-terrorism units. McChrystal’s leadership of JSOC is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few people can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as General Stanley McChrystal.
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