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Current Security Challenges
PARC Forum

17 October 2002
George E. Pake Auditorium

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William J. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and the Institute for International Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Co-director of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Stanford and Harvard Universities. His previous academic experience includes Professor (half-time) at Stanford from 1988 until 1993, during which time he was the Co-director of the Center for International Security and Arms Control. He also served as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Santa Clara University from 1971 to 1977.

Dr. Perry was the 19th Secretary of Defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. His previous government experience was as Deputy Secretary of Defense (1993-1994) and as Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (1977-1981).

Dr. Perry's business experience includes serving as a laboratory director for General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964); founding and serving as the president of ESL, Inc. (1964-1977); Executive Vice-President of Hambrecht & Quist, Inc. (1981-1985); and founding and serving as the Chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances (1985-1993). He serves on the board of directors of several emerging high-tech companies and is Chairman of Global Technology Partners.

Dr. Perry was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Vandergrift, PA. He attended grade school and high school in Butler, PA. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Penn State, all in mathematics. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 1946 until 1947, Dr. Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 until 1955.

Dr. Perry has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997), the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and again in 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association's Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has been honored by awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. Dr. Perry has received decorations from the governments of Germany, England, France, Korea, Albania, Poland, Ukraine, Bahrain, Slovenia and Hungary.