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Four star General Barry McCaffrey to receive the Government Security News 2010 Extraordinary Leadership and Service in Homeland Security Award

Barry McCaffrey

Government Security News has announced that retired four star General Barry McCaffrey has been named as the winner of its 2010 Extraordinary Leadership and Service in Homeland Security Award.

The award is designed to salute an individual whose career has exemplified the dedication of America’s government, military and private sector in protecting the United States from all dangers, and whose career has reflected an abiding concern for the safety and welfare of the American public and citizens of the world.

As recipient of this award, General McCaffrey will deliver the keynote address at GSN’s 2010 Awards Dinner, which will take place on the evening of Monday, November 8, at the JP Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC.

According to Government Security News publisher, Edward Tyler, General McCaffrey has a lengthy record of public service, as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; an associate of the Inter-American Dialogue; Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center Advisory Board; and a long association with the Phoenix House Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to drug and alcohol treatment, prevention and therapy.

“General McCaffrey exemplifies the best qualities in public service,” said Tyler, “and he enthusiastically joins us in wanting to acknowledge and salute the federal, state and local government agencies and the physical and IT security companies whose public-private partnership keeps our nation safe and secure.”

Following a 32-year career in the U.S. Army, General McCaffrey retired from active duty as the most highly decorated four star general in the U.S. Army, having won two Distinguished Service Crosses for extraordinary heroism in Vietnam, as well as two Silver Stars and three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat.

From 1994 to 1996, General McCaffrey was Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, coordinating national security operations in Latin America. During his military career, he served overseas for 13 years and completed four combat tours, including one in which he commanded the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) during the Desert Storm 400-kilometer left hook attack into Iraq.

In addition to being president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey and Associates, LLC (www.mccaffreyassociates.com), General McCaffrey is also an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy. He also serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News.

After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and later graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Program.

In 1991, General McCaffrey was confirmed as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), where he coordinated the $19 billion federal drug control budget and developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy.

In 2004, he addressed the “Security of the America’s Conference” in Mexico City and met with senior officials of the Mexican government. In April 2004, he helped release the CSIS Bi-national Commission Reports on Migration and Border Security, and in February 2002, he visited Cuba and participated in a small group session with Fidel and Raul Castro discussing U.S.-Cuban policies. His article on Cuba can be found at www.mccaffreyassociates.com.  He periodically conducts political-military evaluations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Colombia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.


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