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Nov 12

National Security in an Uncertain Age

~ The Inaugural Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture ~


General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)

After 32 years in the United States Army, Barry McCaffrey retired as the most highly decorated serving general, having been awarded three Purple Heart Medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars for valor. 

For five years after leaving the military, General McCaffrey served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He later served as Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies (2001-2005) and Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies (2006-2010) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. General McCaffrey is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Atlantic Council of the United States, CRC Health Group, and Prospira PainCare, Inc., as well as South Carolina’s SCRA Board of Advisors.;

General McCaffrey graduated from West Point with a bachelor of science degree. He earned a master’s degree in American government from American University and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program. In 2007, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. In May 2010, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates. 

General McCaffrey and his wife, Jill Ann McCaffrey, have three married adult children and six grandchildren. Their son, Colonel Sean McCaffrey, just retired from the armed forces after his third combat tour. 

Currently, General McCaffrey is president of his own Alexandria, Virginia, consulting firm and a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News.

About Colonel James D. McGinley and The Honorable Maribeth Walton McGinley 

Colonel James D. McGinley spent his entire career protecting American interests both at home and abroad. At home, he had a noteworthy legal career, protecting individuals from insurance bad faith practices by HMOs. In 1996, his success as a litigation partner was highlighted with a cover story in Time magazine. Separately, Colonel McGinley served a distinguished 30-year career as a Naval Aviator in the United States Marine Corps. Focusing his leadership skills abroad, he volunteered for three combat tours and earned both the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. Colonel McGinley retired from the Marine Corps in April 2013.

Rare in the arts community, Maribeth Walton McGinley has spent her life dedicated to conservative principles. Since the early 1980’s when she received Gold Records for art directing the albums “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” and “Return of the Jedi,” Maribeth has earned an admirable reputation for successful business ownership and creative development focused on the entertainment industry. In 2002, she was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the full Senate to serve a six-year term as a Member of the National Council on the Arts. 

The McGinleys have a special relationship with Heritage dating back to its earliest days. After serving as the Secretary of Business and Transportation for then-Governor Reagan, Maribeth’s father, The Honorable Frank J. Walton, served as president of Heritage from 1975–1977. The McGinleys are dedicated to a host of important conservative issues, from religious liberty to national defense. We, at The Heritage Foundation, are proud to honor these two great patriots through the annual Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture.

More About the Speakers

General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret.)
Former Commander of the U.S. Southern Command and former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy

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James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More