General Wesley Clark, Retired


General Wesley K. Clark is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Foundation.

A four-star General, Clark retired from service in the U.S. Army in 2000. His 38-year military career included service as an infantry company commander in Vietnam, where he was severelywounded in combat; and culminated with his appointments as Joint Chiefs of Staff Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.

General Clark has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).

General Clark is an accomplished author, whose books include Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of CombatWinning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire and A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country.

Career Highlights


Transatlantic Alliance

European Security


General Clark is a West Point graduate and holds a B.A. and an M.A. degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.