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Notes From the Chairman

A Conversation With Martin Dempsey

Martin Dempsey

  • Country: United States
  • Title: General, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

In September 2015, General Martin Dempsey retired from the U.S. Army after more than four decades in uniform. Commissioned as an armor officer following his graduation from West Point, he served in both the Gulf War and the Iraq war and eventually rose to become chief of staff of the U.S. Army and then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He spoke with Foreign Affairs’ editor, Gideon Rose, in June.

You have said that you think this is the most dangerous the world has ever been. Why are you so concerned?

It’s the most dangerous period in my lifetime. In my 41 years of military experience, we often had the opportunity to focus on one security threat or another. First it was all about the Soviet Union, then it was peacekeeping, then it was terrorism. Now we’ve got lots of things cropping up at the same time.

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