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Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.): Eyes on the Horizon: Serving on the Front Lines of National Security

As a child, he was afraid of airplanes. As a pilot, he logged more than four thousand hours in the air – and went on serve as the highest-ranking officer in the nation’s military air fleet.

Gen. Richard B. Myers retired as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2005, after serving over 40 years in the Air Force. A fighter pilot with over 4,100 hours, Myers logged more than 600 combat hours in the F-4 during the Vietnam War. He has held command positions that include Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings.

In Eyes to the Horizon, Myers looks back over his military career, casting particular emphasis on the mistakes he believes were made in the aftermath of September 11th. In Myers’ evaluation, the U.S. still needs better coordination between government agencies, and more fruitful collaborations with responsible non-Western states; the nation must marshal all of its resources, not merely the military, to reverse the depiction of an American-led crusade against Muslims.

Myers serves as Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Mary Jo.

Frank Sesno - Host
Frank Sesno is the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, an Emmy-award winning journalist with 21 years of experience at CNN, and host and creator of Planet Forward, a web-to-television show seen on PBS. He also serves as Director of the Public Affairs Project at the Center for Innovative Media.

As a journalist, Sesno has interviewed business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan and former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.