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Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)
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Lt. General Robert G. Gard, Jr., is a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army and served in combat in Korea and Vietnam. He served as executive assistant to two secretaries of defense, was the first Director of Human Resources Development for the U.S. Army and served as President of the National Defense University.

Lt. Gen. Gard is currently Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues.

After retiring from the U.S. Army, Gard served for five years as director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Center in Bologna, Italy, and then as President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies from 1987 to 1998. Since 1998, he has been an active consultant in Washington, D.C. on national security issues, including the international campaign to ban landmines.

Gard has written for a diverse number of well-known journals and periodicals that focus on military and international affairs and has lectured widely at U.S. and international universities and academic conferences. He serves on the board of eight non-profit organizations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

General Gard holds a B.A. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and both an M.P.A. and Ph.D in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Entries by Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen Should Sign the Pro-Diplomacy Letter

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 9:22 PM

Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) unanimously approved a measure that would provide Congress an oversight role on a final nuclear agreement with Iran. This move came as the U.S., its international partners and Iran are hashing out the details of the text before the self-imposed June 30...

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Recognition Is Not Endorsement of the Cuban Government

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 3:51 PM

President Obama created a firestorm with his announcement on December 17 that the United States would establish normal diplomatic relations with Cuba. Opponents in the U.S. Congress already have vowed to prevent construction of an embassy and block the appointment of a U.S. ambassador.

Diplomatic recognition of another country...

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Disappointing U.S. Statement on Anti-Personnel Land Mines

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 11:18 AM

America's stubborn anti-personnel landmine policy needs fundamental revision; unfortunately, however, the Obama administration's recent policy statement is business as usual.

The United States has not joined the more than 160 other countries, including all our NATO allies, as a party to the Ottawa Convention, which entered into force in...

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Obama and Rouhani Should Meet

(13) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:07 PM

This week, Iran's recently elected moderate President Hassan Rouhani will stand before the UN General Assembly and reaffirm for the world Iran's renewed commitment to a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff. The Obama administration should use this opportunity to test Tehran's flexibility to agree to a negotiated solution on...

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Obama Picks Up His Own Nuclear Baton

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:49 PM

By Lt. General Robert Gard, Jr. (USA, Ret.) & Ambassador (Ret.) Thomas Graham, Jr.

In a speech in Berlin on June 19, a second-term Obama picked up the nuclear baton from first-term Obama, a baton which had been entrusted to him by three generations of presidents from both...

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The End of Endless War?

(120) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:13 PM

by Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard, Jr. and Usha Sahay

Ten years ago today, America invaded Iraq primarily to counter a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat that did not exist. The invasion launched a war that lasted nearly nine years, took well over 4,000 American lives, saw tens of...

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New START and the Obama Nuclear Agenda

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 5:47 PM

This piece was co-authored with John Isaacs, executive director of the Council for a Livable World

One year ago President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious nuclear weapons agenda that is coming to fruition this month. The President recognized that while the Cold War with the Soviet...

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Decrease Stockpiles, Increase Security

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 10:11 AM

This week in Moscow, Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev are holding a summit meeting that will heavily influence the next decade of U.S.-Russian relations. If the two leaders strike up a personal and political rapport, it could unfreeze a relationship that became icy in the final years of the...

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Spend More Wisely on National Security

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 12:02 PM

By Lt. Gen. Robert Gard and Travis Sharp

As the U.S. government spends hundreds of billions of dollars to create jobs and revive the American economy, vigilance is required to make sure that our money is spent effectively. Yet stimulus funds are not the only massive government expenditure in need...

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Past Time to Join the Landmine Treaty

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 11:27 AM

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of an international agreement that has prevented incalculable civilian deaths and injuries from war: the 1997 Landmine Treaty.

While 156 countries have signed on, the United States is one of a small minority of states that has...

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Nukes in the Snowflake Blizzard

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2008 | 8:50 AM

Snowflakes have begun falling on Washington, D.C. And I don't mean the kind that will have us all humming along to Bing Crosby. I'm talking about Donald Rumsfeld-style snowflakes, the endless stream of memos the former Secretary of Defense used to churn out to his Pentagon subordinates, often at...

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Right-Wing Fear Machine

(65) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 8:48 AM

The younger and more internet-savvy members of our staff showed me a new video clip last week entitled "33 Minutes." It comes courtesy of the unabashed hawks at the right-wing Heritage Foundation. The title refers to the amount of time it would take an intercontinental ballistic missile or 'ICBM' to...

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Why I Won't Vote for John McCain

(36) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 3:35 PM

Some people have been surprised by General Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. How could Powell, who served in several Republican administrations, endorse a Democrat over John McCain, a storied war hero?

As a lifelong military man, I too will be casting my vote for Barack Obama on...

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Sarah Palin: Leading Alaska's National Guard Across the Bridge to Nowhere

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 2:35 PM

McCain surrogates have been touting Palin's experience as commander of the Alaska National Guard. Veterans For America, a nonpartisan veterans advocacy group, has been in Alaska all last week researching the plight of the National Guard in Alaska, as they've been doing all with other state National Guard...

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McCain's POW Defense: Devaluing Our Service and His Own

(188) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 9:04 PM

The McCain campaign has spent weeks trying to portray Obama as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans. Today, an interviewer at asked McCain how many homes he and his wife owned, to which he responded that he was not sure but would get someone from his...

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Sen. McCain: Which Veterans' Benefits Should We Cut?

(13) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 11:54 AM

While no one would argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are stretching the Department of Veterans Affairs' resources close to the breaking point, Sen. McCain's suggestion yesterday that we ration veterans' health care to "concentrate" on people with wounds that "are a direct result of combat" is...

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Marketing a Myth: How John McCain Actually Got The Surge Wrong

(10) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 7:58 AM

To hear John McCain tell it, you'd think the fall-off in American casualties in Iraq is due solely to his foresight and foreign policy experience. It's amazing to me just how many people have bought the McCain line, even those who should know better. "As we now know nearly four...

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Defending Wes Clark

(459) Comments | Posted June 30, 2008 | 6:41 PM

The controversy over my colleague General Wesley Clark's comments on John McCain have generated a lot of media comment, much of it negative. I have known General Clark for many years: we served in the same Army and for the same country. He's a patriot. So to suppose that somehow...

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