Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft Inducted into NDU National Hall of Fame
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.) and NDU President Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin review artifacts assembled by the NDU Library in honor of Scowcroft's induction into the NDU National Hall of Fame on March 13, 2013. Photo Credit: NDU AV.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, National War College (NWC) Class of 1968 alumnus Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret), was inducted into the National Defense University National Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
Gen. Colin Powell , USA (Ret) – himself a NWC alumnus (Class of 1976) and 2004 National Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a former colleague of Scowcroft’s – delivered remarks.
The National Hall of Fame honors eligible alumni whose exceptional record of service and achievement in military leadership, diplomacy, international development, or humanitarian work merits special recognition.
After retiring from a distinguished 29-year military career, Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford (1975-1977) and George H.W. Bush (1989-1993). He served on several presidential and international commissions on national security, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1991. He is currently president of The Scowcroft Group, an international business advisory firm.
Scowcroft said that his year at NDU was one of the highlights of his military career, and that the opportunity to learn how various military services and federal agencies worked, thought and analyzed problems “was priceless,” and could never be replaced.
More than ever, in today’s complex times, “NDU has a vital role in teaching our young officers about the world,” Scowcroft said.
Later that same evening, Scowcroft was awarded the National Defense University Foundation’s first International Statesman and Business Advocate Award in recognition of his “lifetime of service to his country and his support of the free enterprise system.”
The reception and dinner Washington, D.C., was attended by Scowcroft’s friends and colleagues spanning decades, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Eisenhower Group, Inc. President Susan Eisenhower, IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, and former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret).
“It is tough to imagine a person who has had more trust placed in him by the leaders of this country than Brent Scowcroft. He is truly at the pinnacle of strategic wisdom, council, and leadership,” NDU President Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin said in his remarks at the evening event.
“We are incredibly honored to count him among NDU’s most cherished family members, knowing that he continues to play a pivotal role in the totality of the experience at NDU—lifelong learning, and the cultivation of personal and professional relationships,” Martin said.
Additional Media coverage:
NDU: Video of the induction ceremony
Stars and Stripes photo gallery: Honoring Retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft
Washingtonian: “The Pupil and the Master: Ash Carter Pays Tribute to Brent Scowcroft”
Foreign Policy: “Inside NDU’s tribute to Brent Scowcroft, and bygone centrism”
Bloomberg News: “Scene in D.C.: Kissinger, Rometty, Tillerson, Scowcroft”