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    General Robert Riscassi, USA (ret)

    Previous Experience

    • CINC U.S. Forces Korea (1990-93)
    • Current Vice Present, L-3 Communications

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    Biography

    General Robert W. RisCassi, United States Army (Retired) had a distinguished military career of 35 years that included service in Vietnam and Germany as well as positions at the highest levels in the Pentagon and culminated as Commander in Chief, United Nations Command and Commander in Chief, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command.


    His Army career began with commissioning as an infantry officer in 1958, after which he progressed through a number of command and staff positions around the world which included command of an infantry battalion in Vietnam and assignments as Personnel Manager and Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management) in Washington. He served in Germany as commander of an infantry brigade and Assistant Division Commander.

    He served as Commander of the U.S. Army Readiness and Mobilization Region VIII, the 9th Infantry Division, the Army Development and Employment Agency and the Combined Arms Center. Later he served in Washington as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans on the Army Staff, as the Director of the Joint Staff and finally as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

    His military career with its wide range of responsibilities and command positions has given him a broad knowledge of geopolitics as well as expertise in programming and budgeting, congressional affairs, organizational design, applied technology and the leadership and management of large organizations with multiple functions and missions.

    When he commanded the 9th Infantry Division, he led innovative mission of importing 'off the shelf' technologies from industry for test and adaptation into workable products for the Army. These included command and control systems (which are currently fielded throughout the force), environmental clothing improvements and lighter weapons systems.

    As the Combined Arms Center Commander, General RisCassi was a key influence in the Army's transition to the new doctrine and training methodology which proved so successful for U.S. and Coalition forces in Operation Desert Storm.

    His assignment as Director of the Joint Staff came at the same time as the passage of the historic Goldwater-Nichols Act which directed increased authority to the Chairman and his staff, and mandated vastly improved quality and training of Joint Staff officers. He implemented these reforms and as Director served as the focal point of military staff advice to the Chairman and National Command Authorities on all matters handled by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Later, as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, General RisCassi implemented reforms of the service staff and equipment development and procurement processes which were also a part of the Goldwater-Nichols Act.

    In his last assignment as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command and the Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command, General RisCassi commanded the largest standing joint and coalition force in the world and led the transition of the theater through the end of the Cold War, revitalizing Korea's defense through adoption of new defense plans, improvements in training, automated command and control, and equipment modernization.

    In the course of his career, General RisCassi gained a reputation for managing multi-billion dollar budgets, developing mid- and long-range strategies, working with industry to develop and apply advanced technologies to both the battlefield and the peacetime functions of the armed forces, and for leading and managing large organizations.

    Through his worldwide service he has worked with leaders of many nations and has a unique understanding of the changing international environment affecting our nation.

    Subsequent to retirement, General RisCassi has been employed as an executive with Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation, and is currently an executive with L-3 Communications Corporation.


    Education

    General RisCassi graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors degree in history and later earned a Masters degree in political science from Auburn University. He also graduated from the Army War College and the Air Command and Staff College.

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