Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He holds a PhD in international relations and was Chairman of the Board of the US Naval Institute. He is currently Vice Chairman, Global Affairs with The Carlyle Group; and serves as the 14th Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. He has written articles on global security issues for Time Magazine ,Bloomberg Opinion,The New York Times, The Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Naval War College Review, and Proceedings and is the author or co-author of ten books, including 2034,The Leader's Bookshelf and Destroyer Captain.