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General Barry R. McCaffrey

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GENERAL BARRY R. MCCAFFREY is retired from the U.S. Army. During the period 1972-75, he was an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. His combat tours included action in the Dominican Republic with the 82nd Airborne Division in 1965, advisory duty in Vietnam in 1966-67, company command with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam in 1968-69, and command of the 24th Infantry Division during Operation DESERT STORM in the Persian Gulf in 1991. General McCaffrey was Assistant Commandant at the U.S. Army Infantry School; Deputy U.S. Representative to NATO; Assistant Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS); Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, JCS; Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command; and, following retirement from the U.S. Army in 1996, Director of National Drug Control Policy in the cabinet of President William Clinton. Upon leaving the cabinet in 2001, General McCaffrey became the John Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies at West Point, a position he still occupies as of this writing. General McCaffrey graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1964, receiving a B.S. degree and a 2nd lieutenant’s commission in the Infantry. He received an M.A. degree in Government from American University in 1970, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

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SSI books and monographs by General Barry R. McCaffrey

  • The Drug Scourge as a Hemispheric Problem

    August 01, 2001

    Authored by General Barry R. McCaffrey.
    General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Retired) argues that Colombia s 40 million citizens must not be deserted by their neighbors. Leaving the Colombians to deal in isolation with a pervasive drug problem will deeply affect all 800 million of us in the Western Hemisphere through addiction, violence, and corruption. Moreover, he argues that the United States and the entire international community must supp