Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army (Ret.) to Lecture on National Security

Friday, March 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (March 9, 2012)–As part of the Karen and Ronald Thomas Lecture Series, Saint Joseph’s Department of Political Science will host a lecture given by retired U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey. Titled “Our National Security Feature: The Five Stories You Need to Know,” it will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center, located on the University’s Maguire Campus.

The lecture will outline five key narratives that will be of particular concern for Americans to follow throughout the upcoming year. Gen. McCaffrey will discuss topics such as the implications of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan to our national security, as well as world leaders whose rule may soon affect both the United States as well as other parts of the world.

Having held distinguished military, corporate and Cabinet-level positions, Gen. McCaffrey has extensive knowledge on issues such as national security and business strategies, that impact the United States on an international level.

Also an expert on international affairs, Gen. McCaffrey has served on four combat tours, received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, three Purple Heart medals and two Silver Stars, for service in Vietnam and Iraq. He was the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2001.

“Gen. McCaffrey has a wide area of expertise, ranging from our military policies to the shift from Europe to Asia in strategic interests,” says Graham Lee, Ph.D., professor of political science.  “He is also very knowledgeable on issues in the Middle East and how these affect America.”

Gen. McCaffrey now serves as a security analyst for NBC News, and is an adjunct professor of international affairs at his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Karen and Ronald Thomas Lecture Series regularly brings regional, national and international leaders to Saint Joseph’s to present engaging lectures addressing current issues relevant to the field of political science.

For additional information about the lecture contact Lee 610-660-1753 or, or Becky Annechini at 610-660-3467 or

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