Festival X American Identities in the 21st Century

General (Retired) Jack Keane

Jack Keane

Retired general Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, will continue Festival X on Tuesday, Feb. 27, when he speaks at 7:30 p.m. in Aggie Gym.

Keane, a four-star general, completed more than 37 years of public service in December 2003, culminating in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. As the chief operating officer of the Army for more than four years, he directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries, with an annual operating budget of $110 billion. Keane, who was in the Pentagon on 9/11, provided oversight and support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Beginning in 2004, he spent a decade conducting frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for senior defense officials with multiple visits during the surge period in both countries, directly assisting Gen. David Petraeus. He appears before Congress regularly to offer testimony on matters of foreign policy and national security. He serves as the senior military analyst for Fox News and speaks throughout the country on leadership and national security.

President of GSI Consulting, Keane also serves as chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation and as executive chairman of AM General. He is a director of General Dynamics, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the Smith Richardson Foundation, a member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy selected by Sen. John McCain, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, and a former and recent member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board, where he served for nine years. Keane is also a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University and an advisor to the George C. Marshall Foundation.

A career infantry paratrooper, Keane is a combat veteran of Vietnam who was decorated for valor. He spent much of his military career in operational commands where he commanded the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war fighting organization.