Rear Adm. (ret.) John Gower, CB OBE
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Rear Adm. (ret.) John Gower, CB OBE

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Rear Adm. (ret.) John Gower, CB OBE

Rear Adm. (ret.) John Gower, CB OBE

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United Kingdom

Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE served as assistant chief of defence staff (Nuclear, Chemical, Biological) in the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence until his retirement from active service in December 2014. He was an active member of the Royal Navy for 36 years, spending half of those at sea and eventually commanding first the HMS Unicorn and the HMS Trafalgar. During his years of service on land, Gower mostly worked in the ministry of defense in London specializing in nuclear weapon and counter-Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear policy. He also spent time in Washington, D.C. as the assistant naval attaché at the U.K. Defence Academy. Gower held a key role the U.K. contribution t to counter the threat of Syria’s chemical weapons program from 2011 to 2014.  He also represented the U.K. in senior NATO nuclear and counter-weapons of mass destruction committees. Gower currently writes on his specialist issues and is a consulting member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Gen. (ret.) Charles Horner
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Gen. (ret.) Charles Horner

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Gen. (ret.) Charles Horner

Gen. (ret.) Charles Horner

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Retired General Charles Horner was commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Space Command responsible for the aerospace defense of the U.S. and Canada. He was also in command of all U.S. and allied air assets during operation Desert Storm as the commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces. Following his retirement, Horner has served as a business consultant and government advisor and has appeared on domestic and international media outlets as an expert on national security. He is currently vice chairman of the the board of directors for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.

A highly-decorated officer, Horner has been honored by France, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Canada. In addition to writing numerous articles on national security, he co-authored a best-selling non-fiction novel with Tom Clancy, “Every Man a Tiger.”

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jean-Paul Huet
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France

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jean-Paul Huet

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Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jean-Paul Huet

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jean-Paul Huet

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France

Retired Brigadier General Jean-Paul Huet once served as commander of L’Unité française de vérification, the French unit responsible for the implementation of the Conventional Armed Forces Treaty in Europe (CFE) and the 1990 Vienna Document. The CFE Treaty was signed in 1990 by both NATO member states as well as then-Warsaw Pact nations and was intended to facilitate the comprehensive and verifiable reduction of conventional arms. The CFE Treaty marked a significant turning point, as nations from both sides of the Cold War sought to negotiate a downsizing of modern arms. Huet has also served as director of criminal affairs within the French Ministry of Justice.

Gen. (ret.) Jehangir Karamat
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Pakistan

Gen. (ret.) Jehangir Karamat

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Gen. (ret.) Jehangir Karamat

Gen. (ret.) Jehangir Karamat

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Pakistan

General Jehangir Karamat is a retired Pakistani military officer and diplomat. He served in combat in the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars and eventually rose to the position of chairman of the Pakistani Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee before retiring from the armed forces.

Karamat was the Pakistani ambassador to the United States from November 2004 to June 2006. After this ambassadorship, he founded a sociopolitical policy and analysis institute, Spearhead Research, which focuses on social, economic, military and political issues connected to Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also served as a commissioner on the International Commission on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament from 2009 to 2010.

Karamat is a member of the Nuclear Crisis Group, the Global Zero Commission on Nuclear Risk Reduction and the Global Zero Commission.

Vice Adm. (ret.) Yoji Koda
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Japan

Vice Adm. (ret.) Yoji Koda

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Vice Adm. (ret.) Yoji Koda

Vice Adm. (ret.) Yoji Koda

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Japan

Retired Vice Admiral Yoji Koda is a former fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, which focuses on the direction of the US-Japan alliance in the coming decades and Chinese naval and military expansion. Before retiring in 2008, Koda served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for more than 36 years. Throughout his military career, he held a wide range of posts including director-general of the operations and plans department, director-general of the Joint Staff Office and commander-in-chief of the Self Defense Fleet at Yokosuka. Koda also previously served as an advisor to Japan’s National Security Secretariat.

Vice Adm. (ret.) Verghese Koithara
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India

Vice Adm. (ret.) Verghese Koithara

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Vice Adm. (ret.) Verghese Koithara

Vice Adm. (ret.) Verghese Koithara

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Vice Admiral Verghese Koithara is an independent strategic analyst having retired from the Indian Navy in 1998. His primary focus is on the India-Pakistan conflict and how to achieve a durable peace between the nations. His published books include “Society, State, and Security: The Indian Experience,” “Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through a Realist Lens,” and most recently, “Managing India’s Nuclear Forces.” In 2002, Koithara was a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He has written for many journals and periodicals, including Economic and Political Weekly.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Roland Lajoie
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United States

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Roland Lajoie

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Maj. Gen. (ret.) Roland Lajoie

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Roland Lajoie

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Retired Major General Roland Lajoie is the former U.S. co-chairman of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW-MIAs. He also served as deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), where he was the program manager and responsible for implementation of the Nunn-Lugar initiative to assist Russia in securing its nuclear materials.

During his 35 years of military service, Lajoie held the positions of first director of the U.S. On-Site Inspection Agency, U.S. defense attaché in Paris and in Moscow and associate deputy director for operations/military affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency, in which he created and directed the Office of Military Affairs.

Col. Gen. (ret.) Evgeny Maslin
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Russia

Col. Gen. (ret.) Evgeny Maslin

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Col. Gen. (ret.) Evgeny Maslin

Col. Gen. (ret.) Evgeny Maslin

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Retired Colonel General Evgeny Maslin is the director of ANO “Aspect-Conversion” specializing in the upgrade of physical protection systems at Russian nuclear hazardous facilities within the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and Global Partnership. He joined the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union at the age of 17. He graduated from the Budenny Military Signal and Engineering Academy and began his service in nuclear divisions. Maslin retired in 1997 after serving as head of strategic forces for the Main Directorate at the Russian Ministry of Defense.