Pacific Forum hosted General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday, July 1 in Honolulu. Gen. Dempsey delivered a policy speech, “US Military Power in a Complex World.”
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General Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff. Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer.