General (ret.) John M. “Jack” Keane, U.S. Army
Co-founder and Director
General Keane is one of the most renowned U.S. national security leaders, committed to improving the safety and security of the U.S. and its allies.
General Keane is president of GSI Consulting, chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and the Knollwood Foundation, and a director of General Dynamics, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. A nine-year member of the Secretary of Defense Policy Board, General Keane is also a trustee of Fordham University, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and an advisor to two foundations assisting our veterans: Welcome Back Veterans and American Corporate Partners.
General Keane, a four‐star general, completed 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 over four years, he directed 1.5 million soldiers and civilians in 120 countries, with an annual operating budget of $110B. General Keane was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and provided oversight for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since 2004, General Keane conducted frequent trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for senior U.S. defense officials. General Keane continues to advise senior government officials on national security and the war in Afghanistan. He serves as a national security analyst for Fox News and speaks throughout the country on national security and leadership. General Keane is a career infantry paratrooper and a Vietnam combat veteran decorated for valor who spent much of his military life in operational commands including command of the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war fighting organization.
General Keane graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science and received a Master of Arts from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College.