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SEARCH MARITIME AWARENESS PROJECT
 
PROJECT LEADERSHIP
ADM Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.)
Project Advisory Committee Chair
Admiral Dennis C. Blair is the Chairman of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy, the Aspen Homeland Security Council, and the Board of Trustees of Freedom House. He served as Director of National Intelligence from January 2009 to May 2010. Prior to this appointment, he held the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies with The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and served as Deputy Director of the Project for National Security Reform. Before retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2002, Admiral Blair served as Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command, the largest of the combatant commands. From 2003 to 2006, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and development center based in Alexandria, Virginia, that supports the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Intelligence Community.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Blair earned a master’s degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and was a White House Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has been awarded four Defense Distinguished Service medals and three National Intelligence Distinguished Service medals, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.