General Jack Keane
General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, Retired) is a foreign policy and national security expert who provides nationwide commentary in speeches, articles, congressional testimony and through several hundred television and radio interviews annually. He is the president of GSI Consulting and serves as Chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation, is Executive Chairman of AM General and a Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He was a member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy selected by the late Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Senator John McCain, and a former and recent member for nine years of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board. General Keane is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.
General Keane, a four-star general, completed 37 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. As the chief operating officer of the Army for over 4 years, he directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries, with an annual operating budget of 110 billion dollars. General Keane was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2004, General Keane conducted frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for senior defense officials with multiple visits during the surge period in both countries. General Keane is a career infantry paratrooper and a decorated combat veteran of Vietnam who spent much of his military life in operational commands, including the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war fighting organization.
General Keane graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. He is the recipient of the Fordham University Founder’s Award as well as the Western Kentucky University Distinguished Alumni Award. General Keane is also the recipient of three honorary Doctorate Degrees, a member of the Fordham Army ROTC hall of Fame and has been named the USO Man of the Year. Among his numerous awards, in 2018, General Keane was th first military leader to be honored with the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award, and has also received the American college of Financial Services Soldier-Citizen Award, the William Penn Club of Philadelphia Award, the American Veterans Center Goodpaster Award, the Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Plaza Phelps Award, and is a recipient of the prestigious Lynde and Harry Bradley Prize. General Keane’s numerous military service medals and citations include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, three Vietnam Service medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Ranger tab, to list a few.