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The Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership

Photo of Admiral Dennis Blair Admiral Dennis C. Blair
The U.S. Army War College (USAWC) and Dickinson College announced that Admiral Dennis C. Blair, United States Navy retired, will be the next recipient of the General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership.

This position is co-funded by the Army War College Foundation through a generous gift from Mutual of America. Mr. Atkinson will teach at both Dickinson and the Army War College beginning August 2006.

The Bradley Chair, named in memory of the World War II hero, provides a visiting scholar the opportunity to explore with students and faculty the nature of leadership and how it can best and most ethically be exercised in a world transformed by globalization, technology and cultural change. The chair is intended to enhance the study of leadership and to encourage civilian-military dialogue.
The chair in strategic leadership has formalized the two schools' cooperative relationship, deepened the schools' curricula, enhanced the capabilities of faculty, and enriched student experiences at both institutions. It has stimulated rich thinking and exchange that will contribute in powerful ways to the examination of leadership across the nation and globe.

Admiral Dennis C. Blair was President of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) from November 2003 to September 2006. IDA is a federally funded research and development center that provides research and analytical support to the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies, primarily on problems and issues with scientific and technical content. Its staff of about 800 is based in Alexandria, Virginia and other locations throughout the world.

Admiral Blair was the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior U.S. military commander in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas from February 1999 to May 2002, he led the largest of the unified commands and directed Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force operations in an area of responsibility stretching from India to the West coast of the United States.

During his 34-year Navy career, Admiral Blair served at sea on guided missile destroyers. He commanded USS Cochrane (DDG-15), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. He also commanded Naval Station Pearl Harbor and the USS Kitty Hawk Battlegroup.

Ashore, Admiral Blair served in budget and policy positions on several major Navy staffs, the Joint Staff, and the National Security Council staff. He was the first Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support. A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Blair earned a master's degree in History and Languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and served as a White House Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Admiral Blair was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal four times, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal twice, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, Korea, Australia and Taiwan.




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