Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), is President of The Scowcroft Group, Inc., an international business advisory firm. General Scowcroft is also the founder and President of The Forum for International Policy, a non-partisan, non-profit organization providing independent perspectives and opinions on major foreign policy issues based on a commitment to active, thoughtful American global leadership. Previously serving as Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force, he served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to Presidents Ford and Bush. He also served as Military Assistant to President Nixon and as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to Presidents Ford and Nixon. Prior to joining the Bush administration, General Scowcroft was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc. In the course of his military career, General Scowcroft held positions in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. General Scowcroft has also chaired or served on a number of policy advisory councils. He received his undergraduate degree and commission into the Army Air Forces from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.