Admiral William J. Fallon discusses the future of the Middle East

December 2, 2010

Perhaps no foreign policy issue is more important to the security of the United States than our approach to the tensions in the Middle East. With the U.S. presence in Iraq tapering down and the commitment to the war on terror in Afghanistan ramping up, what does the future hold in the region?

This complicated issue will be discussed by Admiral William Joseph Fallon, a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who served his country for more than four decades. Under President George W. Bush, he was the first Navy officer to be Commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees military operations in the Middle East.

 SPEAKER:      Admiral William Joseph Fallon

Known for his brilliant mind and candor, Admiral Fallon retired in 2008 after a distinguished 40 year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His other four-star assignments included Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from February 2005 to March 2007, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from October 2003 to February 2005, and 31st Vice Chief of Naval Operations from October 2000 to August 2003.

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