June 22, 2000
General William E. Odom, Senior
Fellow, Director of National Security Studies, Hudson
Institute, Washington, D.C.
General Odom is a senior fellow and Director of National
Security Studies at Hudson Instituteís Washington, D.C.
office. He is also an adjunct professor at Yale
From 1977 to 1981, General Odom was the
military assistant to President Jimmy Carterís National
Security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski. As a member of
the National Security Council staff, he worked on
strategic planning, Soviet affairs, nuclear weapons
policy, telecommunications policy, and Persian Gulf
From 1981 to 1985, he served as
Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, the Armyís
senior intelligence officer. From 1985 to 1988, he
served as Director of the National Security Agency,
responsible for the nationís signals intelligence and
General Odom graduated from the United
States Military Academy in 1954, and received a Ph.D.
From Columbia University in 1970.
General Odomís areas of expertise
include a wide range of military, strategic, and
intelligence issues, as well as Russian, East European,
and Eurasian problems. He has published many articles on
these topics in publications such as Foreign Affairs,
World Politics, Foreign Policy, The Washington
Quarterly, and Military Review, just to name a few.
General Odomís most recent book, The Collapse of the
Soviet Military (1998), won the Marshall Shulman
Prize, recognizing the best U.S.-published monograph by
an American scholar about the international behavior of
countries of the former Communist bloc.