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Don Kirrick

Don Kerrick served in the United States Army for 30 years and retired as a three-star general. At retirement, he was serving in the White House as the deputy national security advisor to the U.S. president. He managed the nation’s deputies committee and process and was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing U.S. foreign and national security policies. In addition to normal command and staff assignments, he served as a principal negotiator on the U.S.-Balkans Peace Delegation that negotiated an agreement ending the Bosnian War. Later, he was appointed by the president to serve on the steering committee for the protection of the U.S. critical infrastructure and developed the blueprint for the structure and procedures designed to protect national critical infrastructure. Other significant military assignments include: assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; chief of staff/staff director, the National Security Council, The White House; director of operations, Defense Intelligence Agency; the Army staff; commander, 701st Military Intelligence Brigade and Field Station Augsburg, Germany; and Commander, 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Korea. He is a rated pilot in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft and is a multi-engine instructor pilot. For five years after leaving the military, he served as the vice president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems where he was responsible for strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business, and customer and corporate relations. He now serves as chair of the SRC (Syracuse Research Corporation) board of directors, is a member of the Florida Southern College board of trustees, and is a member of the Lawrence Livermore National Security Laboratory Defense advisory board.