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The Oracles

41 - The Oracles
2012 Rank: 73

They may be getting older and slowing down slightly, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less engaged shaping policy, strategy or yet another generation of national security leaders. Former national security advisers Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Colin Powell, Brent Scowcroft (pictured), Sandy Berger, Condoleezza Rice, Steve Hadley and Jim Jones continue to shape policy, as do former Defense Secretaries James Schlesinger, Harold Brown, Mel Laird, Bill Perry, William Cohen, Robert Gates — who will soon issue his latest book — and the most recent addition to the former secretaries club, Leon Panetta, who spends more time on the air than he did when he was at DoD. Former Secretaries of State George Schultz, Jim Baker and Madeleine Albright — and former deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage — continue to advise, as former Sen. Sam Nunn continues to chair the Center for Strategic and International Studies. There’s a considerable battery of retired executive talent as well, including: legendary former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine; former Pentagon acquisition chief, longtime defense industrialist and father of stealth technology Paul Kaminski, who chairs the Defense Science Board that also includes former TRW Chief Executive Phil Odeen; former Pentagon acquisition chief and reformer Jacques Gansler helped build TASC into a defense heavyweight and remains a reform-minded thought-leader; former deputy acquisition chief Dave Oliver, a retired submarine rear admiral and EADS senior executive; and Larry Welch, a retired Air Force four-star who long headed the National Defense Industrial Association.

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