Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen Addresses “Afghanistan and Pakistan” at Aspen Institute

June 10, 2010

Contact: Jeffrey Harris
Public Affairs Coordinator
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 202-736-3848


Presented by the McCloskey Speakers Series in collaboration
with the Aspen Security Forum

Aspen, CO, June 10, 2010 –– The 2010 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will kick off its summer season with Admiral Michael Mullen in conversation with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger. The event will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, June 28, 2010 at the Greenwald Pavilion on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and will go on sale on June 14 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House.  As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged.  Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

This program is presented in partnership with the Aspen Security Forum. Adm. Mullen will address the nexus between the war in Afghanistan and the “struggle” in Pakistan and security here at home, since “AfPak” is widely agreed to be “command central” for Al Qaeda.

Admiral Mullen was sworn in as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2007. He serves as the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. He has served in leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy Staff as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004 He was previously commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. Mullen is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for New York Times. He served as the Times‘ White House correspondent from 1999 until late 2006. He has reported from New York, Tokyo, and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and Asian affairs. Previously, he served as chief Washington economic correspondent and as Tokyo bureau chief. Twice in his 28-year career at the Times, Mr. Sanger has been a member of teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. His documentary “Nuclear Jihad” won the 2007 DuPont Award for its exploration of the workings of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at 970-920-5770 or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

July 13 – Christopher Hitchens, Author of Hitch-22 (Twelve Books) in conversation with
Walter Isaacson
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale June 28
July 20 – Dan Pink, Author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 6

July 28 – Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 14

August 3 – Ambassador Peter Galbraith, former UN Deputy Special Representative for
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 20

August 10 – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in conversation with Walter Isaacson
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale July 27

Event details subject to change.  Please visit for updates or call our events hotline at 970/544-7970.

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