Admiral Dennis Blair is Director of National Intelligence for the Obama Administration (2009) and was president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a U.S. Government think-tank in the Washington, D.C. area. He was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, and led the largest of the unified commands and directed Army, Navy, Marie Corps and Air Force operations in an area stretching from India to the West coast of the United States.
Blair was a Rhodes Scholar and holds a master's degree in history and languages from Oxford University. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968. He served as a White House Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Admiral Blair has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal four times, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal twice, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, Korea, Australia and Taiwan.
Admiral Blair was chosen by Dickinson College and the Army War College in Carlisle, PA to hold the 2007-2008 General Omar N. Bradley leadership chair. In addition to teaching a course at each of the institutions, Blair's activities include presenting public lectures, mentoring faculty and students, participating in War College exercises, and conducting independent research.