Proceedings Podcast Live!  

Wednesday 12 June, 1300 (registration for this event ends 10 June)

Come to the U.S. Naval Institute’s Jack C. Taylor Conference Center for a special event celebrating the new release of THE MELTING POINT: High Command and War in the 21st Century by General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, USMC (Ret.).  

Proceedings’ Editor-in-Chief Bill Hamblet will interview Gen McKenzie in front of a live audience.  The episode will be recorded and followed by a Q & A for audience members. Copies of The Melting Point will be on sale and Gen McKenzie will sign copies. 

THE MELTING POINT has three themes. The first one is the importance of the primacy of civilian control of the military. The second is the uniqueness of being a combatant commander who stands astride the boundary of decision-making and execution. The third is that leaders matter, and the decisions they make have a profound effect on what happens on the battlefield.

As the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General Frank McKenzie oversaw some of the most important—and controversial—operations in modern U.S. military history. He had direct operational responsibility for the strikes on Qassem Soleimani and two successive leaders of ISIS, the many months of deterrence operations against Iran and its proxies, and the methodical drawdown in Iraq. He directed the noncombatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan, and our final withdrawal from that tortured country. He offers a vivid portrait of leadership in action in one of the most volatile regions of the world. 

General Frank McKenzie, USMC, retired as the fourteenth commander of CENTCOM in 2022, completing a forty-two-year career as a Marine. Prior to Central Command, he served as the Director of the Joint Staff. He is currently the Executive Director of the Global and National Security Institute and the Florida Center for Cyber Security at the University of South Florida and resides in Tampa Bay. 

Please arrive by 1300. 

This event will take place at the U.S. Naval Institute's Jack C. Taylor Conference Center, which is located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. All guests must RSVP and must have a valid government-issued ID.