Chestertown, MD, March 1, 2004 — Washington College's William James Forum and Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present retired General Barry McCaffrey, former White House “Drug Czar” and a recognized authority on national security and terrorism, speaking on “The War on Terrorism,” Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
General McCaffrey serves as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy and is also President of his own consulting firm based in Alexandria, VA. He has been a frequent guest expert in the broadcast media on drug control policy, terrorism and national security, serves as an analyst for NBC News and writes a regularly on national security issues for Armed Forces Journal.
In January 2001, General McCaffrey stepped down as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position which he held since 1996. By law, he coordinated the $19.2 billion federal drug control budget and developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy. Prior to confirmation as the National Drug Policy Director, General McCaffrey served as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces Southern Command coordinating national security operations in Latin America. During his military career, he served overseas for 13 years, including four combat tours, and commanded the 24th Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. At retirement from active duty, he was the most highly decorated four-star general in the United States Army. He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross the nation's second highest medal for valor. He was also awarded two Silver Stars and received three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat. General McCaffrey served as the assistant to General Colin Powell and as the Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor to the Secretary of State and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.