Two retired military generals discuss new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty at Xavier

"The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty: In the context of nuclear threat reduction" takes places in early September | August 25, 2010

Lt. General Robert Gard Jr., a retired Army veteran, and Lt. General Dirk Jameson, retired from the Air Force, are discussing “The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty: In the Context of Nuclear Threat Reduction,” with the public and the media on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 4:00 p.m. at Xavier’s Mattingly Hall in the Armory.

The generals are also holding a second discussion on the topic on campus at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Schiff Family Conference Room as part of an event co-sponsored by the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and the Foreign Policy Leadership Council.

START is now before the U.S. Senate for ratification. What would its ratification do to reduce the threat of nuclear war or accident? What does it mean for the United States and the world? These are the kinds of questions being posed to the generals.

Lt. Gen. Gard is the Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his policy work focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, missile defense, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, military policy, nuclear terrorism, and other national security issues. During his military career, Gard saw combat in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and served a three-year tour in Germany.

He also served as executive assistant to two secretaries of defense; the first director of Human Resources Development for the U.S. Army; special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; and president of National Defense University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard University.

Lt. Gen. Jameson served as Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of active service. Gen. Jameson was responsible for directing the headquarters staff of 4,000 men and women and participating in numerous nuclear forums with the leaders of the Russian Federation Strategic Rocket Forces.

Prior to that assignment, Gen. Jameson commanded the 14,500 men and women of the U.S. 20th Air Force, and was responsible for all U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, seven major subordinate units, operational training, testing, security and readiness. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Ohio State University, Northwestern University and the National War College.

The generals’ discussions are part of a tour in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, for meetings with students and members of local organizations including the United Nations Association of Columbus, the Cincinnati and Columbus World Affairs Council, the Foreign Policy Leadership Council and Central Ohioans for Peace. The first program is sponsored by Xavier University ROTC, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, National Security Network, Foreign Policy Leadership Council, World Affairs Council Cincinnati, World Affairs Council Columbus, the United Nations Association of Columbus, Ohio State University, Columbus International Program and Central Ohioans for Peace.

The generals’ appearance at Xavier comes on the heels of G.I. Jobs magazine’s naming of Xavier University as a Military Friendly School for 2011, the second year that Xavier has been included on the list. 
The 2011 list appears at the magazine's web site and honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. The schools’ common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. Xavier offers specialized support to veterans and their dependents about specific aid opportunities and eligibility requirements and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program while working with Veterans Affairs to make funds available.

For more information about or to attend the generals’ discussion, please contact
 Bridget Nolan, outreach coordinator at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at 707-287-5739 or

For more information about Xavier’s program for veterans, visit the veterans web page or call 513-745-3942 or the Office of Financial Aid at 513-745-3142.