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Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in conversation with Renee Montagne, NPR

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in conversation with Renee Montagne, NPR

Admiral Mike Mullen delivered the 2010-11 Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace on November 10, 2010.

Admiral Mike Mullen is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the President's principal military advisor. As such, he advises the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. Since taking office as Chairman in October of 2007, Adm. Mullen has focused his efforts on three main priorities: 1) defending vital national interests in the Middle East; 2) resetting, revitalizing and reconstituting the Armed Forces; and 3) properly balancing global risk. He has placed significant emphasis on the expansion of counter-insurgency warfare training and resources and was an early advocate for a greater focus on operations in Afghanistan. He now considers that war the U.S. military's "main effort."

Established in 1980, the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace celebrates the memory of Bernard Brodie as an eminent scholar and teacher. This lecture series provides a special forum for dignitaries and scholars of politics, strategy, warfare, and peace to present their views to the UCLA community and the public.

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