EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2000: Bio: Odom
June 22, 2000

General William E. Odom, Senior Fellow, Director of National Security Studies, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant 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 University.

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 security issues.

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 communications security.

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.

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