General Ray Odierno, the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, responded to questions from students, faculty and administrators of The Fletcher School on November 14, 2013. He spoke about strategic leadership and the challenges of the changing face of security.
“My concern through all of this is the world is changing, warfare is changing, the adversaries are changing,” said General Odierno during the talk. “Our laws don't change with that.”
General Odierno was one of the primary architects of the surge of forces in Iraq and served as the Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command before accepting his current position in 2011.
Looking forward, General Odierno laid out the Army’s initiatives to incorporate advanced training, education and technology into the 21st century military. He also discussed the decision to rebalance forces in the Pacific. “It's not about competing with China,” General Odierno explained, “it's not about worrying about military conflict, but it's about balancing China's influence in the Asia Pacific, and the military plays a huge role in that.”