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General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army (Ret.)

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U.S. Military Academy at West Point
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General Wesley K. Clark, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Perhaps no field of human endeavor sparks so much creativity as warfare.

Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general during 38 years of service to the United States. He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar to study at Oxford University, where he earned his M.A. in Economics. Gen. Clark has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorates. As a young officer in Vietnam, Gen. Clark commanded an infantry company in combat. He was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. Later, Gen. Clark commanded at the battalion, brigade, and division levels—including the famed 1st Cavalry Division—and served in a number of significant staff positions, including as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. In this role, he worked with U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke to negotiate an end to the conflict in Bosnia. Gen. Clark’s military career culminated as NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe; in this position, he led combined forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, protecting 1.5 million Kosovo Albanians from ethnic cleansing. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five times), the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal (twice), the Silver Star, the Bronze Star (twice), the Purple Heart, and two honorary knighthoods. Since the end of his military career, Gen. Clark has worked as an investment banker, a businessman, a commentator, an author, and a teacher. He ran as a candidate for United States president in the 2004 Democratic primary campaign, winning the Oklahoma primary before withdrawing. Gen. Clark is the author of four books: Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat; Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire; A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country; and Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership. Gen. Clark is the chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark and Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and chairman of Enverra, a boutique investment bank. He has also served on the boards of several public and private companies and is a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.