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Dennis C. Blair

Dennis C. Blair is the Chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Co-Chair of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. He is the former commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command and the former U.S. director of national intelligence. Prior to rejoining the government in 2009, Admiral Blair held the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies with the National Bureau of Asian Research and served as deputy director of the Project for National Security Reform.

From 2003 to 2006, Admiral Blair was president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and development center based in Alexandria, Virginia, that supports the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the intelligence community. He also has been a director of two public companies, EDO and Tyco International.

During his 34-year career with the U.S. Navy, he served on guided-missile destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and commanded the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Ashore, Admiral Blair served as director of the Joint Staff and held budget and policy positions on the National Security Council and several major navy staffs.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Blair earned a master’s degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and was a White House Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has been awarded four Defense Distinguished Service medals and three National Intelligence Distinguished Service medals and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.