March 13, 2013

The Scowcroft Group is honored to announce that General Brent Scowcroft has been inducted into the National Defense University National Hall of Fame. General Colin Powell, a 2004 NDU Hall of Fame inductee, delivered remarks at the ceremony.  The NDU National Hall of Fame honors eligible alumni whose exceptional record of service and achievement in military leadership, diplomacy, international development, or humanitarian work merits special recognition.

After retiring from a distinguished 29-year military career, General Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford (1975-1977) and George H.W. Bush (1989-1993). He served on several presidential and international commissions on national security, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1991.

General Scowcroft said that his year at NDU was one of the highlights of his military career, and that the opportunity to learn how various military services and federal agencies worked, thought and analyzed problems “was priceless,” and could never be replaced.

More than ever, in today’s complex times, “NDU has a vital role in teaching our young officers about the world,” General Scowcroft said.

Later that same evening, General Scowcroft was awarded the National Defense University Foundation’s first International Statesman and Business Advocate Award in recognition of his “lifetime of service to his country and his support of the free enterprise system.”

The reception and dinner Washington, DC, was attended by General Scowcroft’s friends and colleagues spanning decades, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Eisenhower Group, Inc. President Susan Eisenhower, IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty, and former CIA and NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden.

“It is tough to imagine a person who has had more trust placed in him by the leaders of this country than Brent Scowcroft. He is truly at the pinnacle of strategic wisdom, council, and leadership,” NDU President Maj. Gen.  Gregg Martin said in his remarks at the evening event.

“We are incredibly honored to count him among NDU’s most cherished family members, knowing that he continues to play a pivotal role in the totality of the experience at NDU—lifelong learning, and the cultivation of personal and professional relationships,” Martin said.

A press release on the event can be found at