Task Force Members

Michael Makovsky since 2013 has been President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), a leading Washington, D.C.-based policy and educational organization focused on U.S. defense and national security issues in the Middle East. Makovsky

Vice Admiral Bird, the son of a career naval officer, lived throughout the United States during his childhood and ultimately settled in Pensacola, FLA., where he graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1977, he graduated from the United States

General James T. Conway served as the 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, from November 13, 2006, until October 22, 2010. He retired from the Marine Corps in November, 2010. Gen. Conway was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Maj. Gen. Larry “Stutz” Stutzriem is a recognized expert in national security, aerospace power, and combat aircraft operations. He coaches transformative leadership for high-impact teams. While serving over 30 years as a fighter pilot, commander and strategist, he attained the

Lieutenant General Mick Bednarek retired in 2015 after nearly 40 years of military service. He most recently served 26 months as the Senior Defense Official in Iraq and Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad. In this capacity

Originally from Norlina, N.C., Admiral Kirkland Donald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. After completing his initial nuclear power and submarine training, he served in USS Batfish (SSN 681),

Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck entered the Marine Corps in October of 1974 and was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1976. As a Naval Aviator, he flew both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft; the AH-1, UH-1, CH-46, CH53, VH-3,

Admiral Bill Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He was commissioned via the Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1977, designated a Naval Aviator in 1978, and

General Chilton completed a 34 1/2 year Air Force career as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command from 2007 to 2011, where he was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and the Department of

LtGen Richard F. Natonski, USMC (ret.) is the former Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, which he held from August 2008 until his retirement on September 8, 2010, after more than 37 years of service. From 2006-2008, he served