Admiral William Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command (9/4/2007)


SPEAKER: ADMIRAL WILLIAM FALLON, Commander, U.S. Central Command

TITLE: Establishing Security and Stability in the Central Command Region

Commander of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon will discuss U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, addressing why he believes the surge in Iraq can successfully bring an end to the war. He will also consider U.S. strategy in Iran, and describe what a possible military operation there might look like. Considered a surprising choice for his position, given his naval background at a time when the U.S. is fighting two land wars, Fallon will share his experience in the military, and explain how it has prepared him for the great responsibility he shoulders today.

Fallon replaced General Abizaid in March 2007, before which time he was the commander at U.S. Pacific Command. He previously commanded a squadron in Desert Storm, and a fleet during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia. Fallon began his naval aviation career in Vietnam, logging over 4800 hours in tactical flight since then. A graduate of both the Naval War College and National War College, with a Master's in international studies from Old Dominion University, Fallon has been decorated many times. He has received the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal, among others.

This program was recorded live on September 4, 2007