2014 Hertog War Studies Program Distinguished Speakers:


General Martin E. Dempsey

Chairman,  Joint Chiefs of Staff

General-DempseyGeneral Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.

Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.

As a company grade officer, he served with the 2nd Cavalry in United States Army Europe and with the 10th Cavalry at Fort Carson. Following troop command he earned his Masters of Arts in English from Duke University and was assigned to the English Department at West Point. In 1991, GEN Dempsey deployed with the Third Armored Division in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. Following DESERT STORM, he commanded 4th Battalion 67th Armor (Bandits) in Germany for two years and then departed to become Armor Branch Chief in US Army Personnel Command. From 1996-1998 he served as the 67th Colonel of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following this assignment as the Army’s “senior scout” he served on the Joint Staff as an Assistant Deputy Director in J-5 and as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, GEN Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.

General Dempsey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Masters’ Degree in English, he holds Masters’ Degrees in Military Art and in National Security Studies.

General Dempsey and his high school sweetheart Deanie have three children: Chris, Megan, and Caitlin. Each has served in the United States Army. Chris remains on active duty. They have eight wonderful grandchildren: Kayla, Mackenna and Finley by Chris and daughter-in-law Julie, Luke and Braden by Caitlin and son-in-law Shane, and Alexander, Hunter and Samuel by Megan and son-in-law Kory.


General (ret.) David Petraeus

General-PetraeusGeneral (Ret.) David H. Petraeus currently serves as the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from September 2011 to November 2012. Prior to that, he commanded the United States Central Command from October 2008 to July 2011. He relinquished command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq after over 19 months at the helm of the Coalition force in Iraq.

Previous to his tour as MNF-I Commander, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Before that assignment, he was the first commander of the Multi-national Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

General Petraeus was commissioned in the infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander – Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm. He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings.


General (ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal

Co-Founder and Partner, The McChrystal Group

general-mcchrystal2A retired four-star general, Stanley McChrystal is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan and Joint Special Operations Command. General McChrystal is the Co-Founder of McChrystal Group LLC and a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He is also heading the White House Initiative Joining Forces dedicated to encouraging companies, schools, philanthropic and religious groups and local communities to recognize the stress that is endured by families of active-duty personnel, reservists and veterans, and to strive to meet their needs. General McChrystal resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife of 35 years, Annie.




Ambassador Patricia Butenis

Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, Department of State

Ambassador-ButenisAmbassador Butenis became Dean in October 2012. She most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives from 2009 to 2012. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Career Minister. Previously, Ambassador Butenis served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad (2007-09), as Ambassador to Bangladesh (2006-07) and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad (2004-06).

Ambassador Butenis joined the Foreign Service in 1980. She has served in Karachi, San Salvador, New Delhi, India, and Bogotá. She also served on the El Salvador desk and in the Visa Office, attended the National War College, and was Consul General in Warsaw, Poland and Bogotá, Colombia.

Ambassador Butenis received the Baker-Wilkins Award as the Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission for her service in Iraq (2008). She has also received the Presidential Rank Award, Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, and State Department Honor Awards.

Raised in New Jersey, Ambassador Butenis received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and an M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University. Ambassador Butenis supports animal welfare organizations and activities wherever possible.



Jessica D. Lewis

Research Director, Institute for the Study of War

LewisJessica-53216-8445Jessica D. Lewis  joined ISW in the summer of 2012 following eight years of service on Active Duty as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. Her military career includes 34 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she provided intelligence support to tactical, operational, and theater commands. She has twice been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her impact upon operations. Jessica additionally served on tours in Germany and the United States as a company commander, staff officer, and counter-terrorism analyst.

Jessica directs the research program. She is also the lead architect for ISW’s technology and data strategy as well as the lead analyst for ISW’s al Qaeda in Iraq portfolio. Jessica specializes in data visualization, network analysis, and intelligence support to operational design. She is charting a course to advance ISW’s signature analytical methodologies and to revolutionize the conduct of intelligence from open sources. In particular, she seeks to incorporate the function of early warning into ISW’s regional work.

She has also authored several of ISW’s Iraq Updates including “Al Qaeda in Iraq’s “Breaking the Walls” Campaign Achieves Its Objectives at Abu Ghraib“, “From Protest Movement to Armed Resistance“, and “Iraq’s sectarian crisis reignites as Shi’a militias execute civilians and remobilize.”

Jessica holds a B.S. in Strategic & International History and International Relations from West Point and an M.A. in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University.


 J. Matthew McInnis

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

J.MatthewMcInnisJ. Matthew McInnis is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on Iran, specifically its intentions, strategic culture, military power, and goals. He also works on US defense and regional security issues in the Persian Gulf  (Iran, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula) and on the effectiveness of the US intelligence community.

Before joining AEI, McInnis served as a senior analyst and in other leadership positions for the US Department of Defense.

McInnis has a master’s degree in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and another master’s degree in European studies from New York University. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Eckerd College in Florida.






Katherine Zimmerman

Senior Analyst, AEI’s Critical Threats Project

KatherineZimmermanKatherine Zimmerman is a senior analyst and the al Qaeda and Associated Movements Team Lead for the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project. Her work has focused on al Qaeda’s affiliates in the Gulf of Aden region and associated movements in western and northern Africa. She specializes in the Yemen-based group, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, al Shabaab. Katherine has testified in front of Congress and briefed Members and congressional staff, as well as members of the defense community. She has written analyses of U.S. national security interests related to the threat from the al Qaeda network for the Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, and CNN Global Public Square, among others. Katherine graduated with distinction from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and Modern Middle East Studies.