On Friday, July 27, 2012, General Martin E. Dempsey visited the Hoover Institution as a featured guest of the Leadership Forum, which seeks to engage influential voices and rising political leaders with the Institution, its scholars, and its supporters. The topics included the intersection of economics and national security, defense budgets, cyber security, and Asia.
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the eighteenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is the principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council, making him, by law, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Before becoming chairman, the general served as the army’s thirty-seventh chief of staff.
The Hoover Institution has recently welcomed the following guests to the forum: Robert B. Zoellick, the eleventh president of the World Bank Group; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; New Jersey mayor Cory Booker; New Jersey governor Chris Christie; Senator John Kerry; Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission; and former governor Mitt Romney.