Hours after former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter was introduced as the next Director of the Belfer Center, current Center Director Graham Allison sat down with Secretary Carter for a conversation on technology and global affairs in the JFK Jr. Forum.
Few military officers ever command international coalitions in combat operations. Fewer still do it twice. General (retired) David Petraeus commanded coalition forces in Iraq from February 2007 to September 2008, and in Afghanistan from July 2010 to July 2011.
This project, run by the Belfer Center of the Harvard Kennedy School, aims to distill from the depth of General Petraeus’ experience his views on the role of the theater level commander, specifically from the perspective of strategic leadership: the link between policy and operations. Conducted over the 2014-15 academic year, the project team worked with General Petraeus to draw out his views on strategic leadership in several interviews. The filmed version represents a distillation of this interaction.