William J. Perry

Senior Fellow
Research Team: 
Biography: 

William Perry is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies. He is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University and serves as codirector of the Nuclear Risk Reduction initiative and the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in US foreign policy, national security, and arms control. He was the codirector of CISAC from 1988 to 1993, during which time he was also a half-time professor at Stanford.

Perry was the nineteenth secretary of defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as deputy secretary of defense (1993–94) and as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (1977–81). Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board, the International Security Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. He is on the board of directors of Covant, Fabrinet, LGS Bell Labs Innovations, and several emerging high-tech companies.

From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 to 1955. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the army, navy, and air force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, all in mathematics.

Perry's most recent book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a continuation of his efforts to keep the world safe from a nuclear catastrophe.

Filter By:

Topic

Type

Recent Commentary

Preventive Defense

by William J. Perry, Ash Cartervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

The post–Cold War era is in many ways proving more dangerous and unpredictable than the era of the Cold War itself. Hoover fellow and former secretary of defense William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter offer a defense strategy for the scary new world.

Information Technology as a Force Multiplier

by William J. Perryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Technology helped American forces outpace Saddam Hussein in Desert Storm. But can the Pentagon keep its high-tech edge? By Hoover fellow and former U.S. secretary of defense William J. Perry.

High Tech to the Pentagon: Take a Number and Stand in Line

by William J. Perryvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

For decades many of the nation’s high-tech companies were in thrall to the Pentagon for their livelihood. No more. By Hoover fellow and former U.S. secretary of defense William J. Perry.

Triple Threat

by William J. Perry, George P. Shultz, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

Hoover fellows William J. Perry and George P. Shultz—the former secretaries of defense and state—recently spent a morning talking with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson. Asked about three security concerns—Russia, China, and terrorism—the former secretaries were reassuring, but only on two out of three.

NATO's Next Mission

by William J. Perry, Warren Christophervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

NATO achieved its first mission—preventing attack from the communist East. Now it must take up its larger mission—ensuring a stable and secure demo-cratic Europe. By Hoover fellow and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

William J. Perry

Weimar Russia

by William J. Perryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

If Germany's first attempt at democracy, the Weimar Republic, had proved successful, the Second World War would never have taken place. Now Russia has embarked on its own first attempt at democracy. We dare not let it fail. By Hoover fellow and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.

NATIONAL INSECURITY

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 23, 1997

George Shultz, former secretary of state and distinguished fellow, Hoover Institution, and William Perry, former secretary of defense and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, continue their discussion on the threats and challenges facing the United States in a post-Cold War World.

Peter Robinson, William Perry, and George Shultz

ON GUARD

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 23, 1997

George Shultz, former secretary of state and distinguished fellow, Hoover Institution, and William Perry, former secretary of defense and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, discuss the threats we face as a nation and what should be done about them.

Pages