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Andrew J Goodpaster

General Andrew J. Goodpaster's public service spans seven decades and includeds advising U.S. presidents from Eisenhower through Clinton. He began his Army career in 1939 after graduating from West Point. In World War II, he commanded the 48th Engineer Combat Battalion in North Africa and Italy, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross. During the last year of the war, then Lt. Colonel Goodpaster served as a war planner for General Marshall.

Following the war, General Goodpaster served as President Eisenhower's staff secretary and assistant for national security activities. He also commanded the 8th Infantry Division and was

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Director of the Joint Staff, Commander of the National War College, Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the commander of NATO forces. He assisted President Nixon in organizing his administration for the conduct of foreign policy and international security affairs. After retiring, General Goodpaster was recalled to serve as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy during troubled times. In 1980, President Carter called on General Goodpaster to be his special representive for talks with foreign governments following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He also served on the Citadel faculty and was the President of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

In addition to an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy, General Goodpaster holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University. He authored the book For the Common Defense and numerous articles and reports.

General Goodpaster has been awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom as well as military decorations including the Distinguished Service Cross; the Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and many foreign awards.