About General Wesley Clark
General Wesley Clark graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He commanded at the battalion, brigade, and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). Clark finished his career as NATO commander and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has taken on the roles of investment banker, alternative energy leader, author, network television military analyst, and businessman. In September 2003, he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, Bronze star, Purple Heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including the award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). General Wesley Clark joined UCLA as a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations in 2006, where he teaches seminars, publishes through the Center, and hosts an annual conference of government, corporate, and opinion leaders from around the world on national security. General Wesley Clark currently serves in leadership roles with a number of non-profit public service organizations.
General Clark has authored several books: Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat; Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire, and A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country. Wesley Clark also serves as Chairman/CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and Co-Chairman of Growth Energy. In August 2012, he served as co-host on NBC’s military-themed competition series Stars Earn Stripes with Samantha Harris. A progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions, Clark also serves as Co-Chairman of Growth Energy, and in June 2013 joined Blackstone Energy Partners as a Senior Advisor.
In October 2014, General Clark released Don’t Wait for the Next War, in which he identifies a new, unifying national strategy to tackle America’s current and future challenges: terrorism, cyber security, financial system vulnerabilities, the rise of China, and accelerating climate change. General Clark explores the need of a real strategic vision to meet this new class of national security challenges, as well as what’s at stake if the will to lead with such a vision isn’t ascertained.