Brent Scowcroft

United States  |  President, Scowcroft Group

Former US National Security Advisor

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Brent Scowcroft is the president of The Scowcroft Group and was the founder, president, and resident trustee of the Forum for International Policy. He served as the National Security Advisor to presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Scowcroft was vice chair of Kissinger Associates from 1982 to 1989, and is a founding member of the Inter-American Dialogue.

Scowcroft’s twenty-nine-year military career began with graduation from West Point and concluded at the rank of Lieutenant General following service as the Deputy National Security Advisor. His Air Force service included being professor of Russian History at West Point; assistant air attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; head of the political science department at the Air Force Academy; Air Force Long Range Plans; Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Assistance; special assistant to the director of the joint chiefs of staff; and military assistant to President Nixon.

Out of uniform, Scowcroft continued in a public policy capacity by serving on the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control, the President’s Commission on Strategic Forces, the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management and the President’s Special Review Board. In recent years, he has served as a co-chair for both the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future and the National Academies of Science’s Committee on Science, Security, and Prosperity. He also formerly served as the chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and was a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

Scowcroft currently serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. At present, he is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Board, the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of West Point, and earned his masters and doctorate in international relations from Columbia University. In 1991, Scowcroft was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President George H.W. Bush, and in 1993 was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was presented the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Scowcroft joined the Dialogue as a Member in 1984.