Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen will deliver a lecture today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, kicking off a series of lectures on civil discourse and democracy.
Mullen, the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. armed forces and the president’s principal military adviser, coordinates the efforts of the Joint Chiefs and advises the defense secretary, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.
A former chief of naval operations, since taking office as chairman four years ago, Mullen has focused his efforts on defending American interests in the Middle East, revitalizing the armed forces and balancing global risk.
Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, drew parallels between the state of the armed forces under Mullen’s tenure and under the 28th president, the center’s namesake.
“Woodrow Wilson described his time a century ago as ‘bewildered, afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction,’” said Harman, a former California representative. “Adm. Mike Mullen has chaired the Joint Chiefs at a similar time.”
Mullen will kick off the Lee Hamilton lecture series on civil discourse and democracy today from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Wilson Center’s 6th-floor Flom Auditorium.
The lecture series is named after Lee H. Hamilton, a former Indiana representative and political elder statesmen, who served as the Woodrow Wilson Center’s President and Director until last year.