(US Navy, Ret.) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral Mike Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011). He was the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Admiral Mullen led the military during a critical period of transition, overseeing the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan. He advocated for the rapid development and fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring international partnerships and advanced new methods for combating terrorism – all of which directly culminated in the elimination of Osama bin Laden. As Joint Chiefs Chairman, he spearheaded the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Admiral Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He commanded at every level in the Navy. His fleet experience culminated in his assignment as the Navy’s highest ranking officer, the 28th Chief of Naval Operations (2005-2007). He earned a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is an adjunct professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.