William Fallon is a four-star admiral, who retired from the US Navy after a distinguished forty-year career of military and strategic leadership. He has led US and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the government. As head of US Central Command, he directed all military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He previously led US Pacific Command for two years, and was serving in the Pentagon as Vice Chief of the Navy on September 11, 2001. After his retirement, Fallon worked as Chair of the Advisory Board at the Center for International Studies at MIT and was a partner in several businesses. He still serves as a member of the US Secretary of Defense Science Board and of the American Security Project.