General Montgomery C. Meigs, USA (Ret.)
Board Member Since 2008
General Montgomery C. Meigs, U.S. Army (Ret.), is the former president and chief executive officer of Business Executives for National Security, a non-profit organization that supports the U.S. government by applying pro bono, best business practice solutions to its most difficult national security problems. General Meigs serves as Visiting Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Previously, General Meigs served as Visiting Professor of Strategy and Military Operations at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. As a faculty member of the Security Studies Program, he taught courses on defense challenges in the 21st century and on American strategic practice. Earlier, he served as director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
During a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Army, General Meigs served as Commander, U.S. Army Europe (1998-2002). For the first year of that assignment, he also served as Commander of SFOR, NATO's peacekeeping force in Bosnia. He led the 1st Infantry Division in its deployment enforcing the Dayton Treaty in Bosnia. In addition, he was Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Commandant of the Army's Staff College. He also commanded the Iron Brigade of the 1st Armored Division in Operation Desert Storm and served as a Senior Strategic Planner for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon (1987-1990) with responsibility for the National War Plan.
Following his retirement in 2003, General Meigs taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, as the Tom Slick Visiting Professor of World Peace. He was later the Louis A. Battle Chair of Business and Government Policy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
He is the author of Slide Rules and Submarines: American Scientists and Subsurface Warfare in World War II (National Defense University Press, 2002). He has also written articles and editorials on military operations and strategy, including "Unorthodox Thoughts about Asymmetric Warfare," Parameters, Vol. 33, no.2 (Spring 2003). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. General Meigs has lectured at a number of academic institutions, including the Royal Uniformed Services Institute, the Russian Army's Combined Arms Academy, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
General Meigs' decorations include the Department of Defense's Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Bronze Star with "V" Device, and the Purple Heart.
He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master's degree and a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.