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Admiral Mike Mullen (Ret.)

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Admiral Michael “Mike” Mullen is considered perhaps one of the most influential Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in history. He takes a fresh approach to the most important geopolitical issues of the 21st century including American’s position in the world and how economic health directly impacts our national security.

Until his retirement in 2011, he served as the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Mike oversaw the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan, while promoting international partnerships, new technologies, and new counter-terrorism tactics culminating in the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Since retiring from the Navy, Mike serves on the boards of General Motors, Sprint, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and teaches at the Wilson School at Princeton. He is known for his honesty and candor, and for his efforts on behalf of service members, veterans, and their families. He is renowned for his role in dismantling “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowing gay service members to serve openly.

Mike is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.