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Brent Scowcroft

Brent Scowcroft's service to the government of the United States is extensive. He has been a professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and the National War College; military assistant to the President of the United States under Richard Nixon; national security advisor to the president under Gerald Ford; and chairman of the President's Commission on Strategic Forces under Ronald Reagan.

Recognitions conferred upon General Scowcroft include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak-leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit with oak-leaf cluster, the Air force Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal from the Department of Defense, and the National Security Medal.

General Scowcroft is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He also studied at the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics, acquiring a fluent knowledge of Russian and Serbian, and earned a Ph.D. in international relations at Columbia University.

He believes that there "are no simple solutions to the questions which must be answered in basing our forces, achieving equitable arms control agreements, and improving strategic stability." The task before the United States, he says, "cannot be understood from a position of moral neutrality toward the differences between liberty and totalitarianism....Only if Americans believe that it is worth a sustained effort over the years to preserve liberty in the face of challenge by a system that is the antithesis of liberal values can our task be seen as a just and worthy one in spite of its dangers...."