Military Committee

Since its founding, the Center has worked to alert the American people to the increased and diversified threats emerging to U.S. national security and interests. The public and their elected representatives until recently failed to appreciate the dangerous implications associated with allowing our military to simultaneously be over-committed, under-resourced and overly downsized.

This has been due partly to a sustained failure of leadership over much of the past decade. Worse, a growing majority of Americans lacks any first-hand connection to our appreciation of the military and its functions. Even more troubling is the roughly 40-60 million Americans who do have some direct or dependent relationship to the U.S. military becoming less engaged and, therefore, less influential in the policy-making deliberations.

The Center for Security Policy developed a mechanism to educate and mobilize the military-related constituency to help renew a commitment to putting U.S. national security once again on a sound footing.

The Center for Security Policy’s Military Committee was founded in 1999 under the chairmanship of former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr.

The new chairman, Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, Jr. is the former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the largest single military command in the world. As an Officer of the U.S. Navy for thirty-six years, his initiatives contributed directly to the economic stability and humanitarian understanding in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

Admiral Lyons is working with other members of the Committee – many of whom are among the foremost national security practitioners and thinkers of our time – to engage the military community, and those attentive to its views, as catalysts for renewing America’s defense capabilities and adopting effective peace-through-strength policies to guide their use.

Adm. James A. Lyons, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, USA (Ret.)
Chairman Emeritus
Former Deputy Commanding General , U.S. Army, Pacific in Honolulu , Hawaii

Adm. Leon A. ‘Bud’ Edney, USN (Ret.)
Vice Chairman Emeritus
Former Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic

Vice Adm. Al Burkhalter, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Former Director, Intelligence Community Staff

Lt. Gen. Frank Campbell, USAF (Ret.)
Former Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. J.B. Davis, USAF (Ret.)
Former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe , NATO

Adm. Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.)
Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion

Maj. Gen. Robert Eaglet, USAF (Ret.)
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary from Management and Program Integration

Vice Adm. Jack Fetterman, USN (Ret.)
Former Chief of Naval Education and Training

Gen. John W. Foss, USA (Ret.)
Former Commanding General, Training and Doctrine

CSM Steven Greer, USA (Ret.)
Fellow at the National Defense Council Foundation

Vice. Adm. William Houser, USN (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Aviation

Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen, USA (Ret.)
Former Commander, U.S. Army, Europe

Gen. Richard L. Lawson, USAF (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. European Command

Gen. John M. ‘Mike’ Loh, USAF (Ret.)
Former Commander of Air Combat Command

Gen. Gary E. Luck, USA (Ret.)
Former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command , Korea

Adm. Wesley McDonald, USN (Ret.)
Former Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic

Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret.)
Former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, USAF

Adm. Kinnaird McKee, USN (Ret.)
Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion

Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller, USMC (Ret.)
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps

Vice Adm. Robert Monroe, USN (Ret.)
Former Director of Navy Research, Development Testing and Evaluation

Capt. Chuck Nash, USN (Ret.)
Former Head of strike/anti-surface warfare

Gen. Richard I. Neal, USMC (Ret.)
Former Assistant Commandant , U.S. Marine Corps

Vice Adm. James Perkins, USN (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command

Gen. John L. Piotrowski, USAF (Ret.)
Former Commander-in-Chief , U.S. Space Command

Gen. Robert W. RisCassi , USA (Ret.)
Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Adm. Leighton ‘Snuffy’ Smith, USN (Ret.)
Former Commander in Chief , U.S. Navy Forces Europe and NATO Allied Forces Southern Europe

Gen. Donn A. Starry, USA (Ret.)
Former Commanding General , U.S. Army Readiness Command

Gen. Gordon Sullivan, USA (Ret.)
Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Vice Adm. J.D. Williams, USN (Ret.)
Former Deputy Chief of Operations, Naval Warfare