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.