D/CIA Petraeus Delivers Keynote Address at George Mason University Dedication
Director Petraeus told the audience of about 300 attendees: “Intellectual rigor, bold innovation, and healthy skepticism are central to our respective professions. Both communities seek to better understand the complex forces and trends that shape the world around us. And both strive to put what we learn to good use for our country and the world.”He commended GMU for the relevance of its curricula to the security challenges facing the nation after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. “The hard work of comprehensive, civil-military campaigns has required the skills and expertise of intelligence officers, diplomats, law enforcement agents, development specialists, legal experts, and professionals from many other disciplines as well. . . And George Mason has contributed enormously, in the past decade in particular, to help prepare young men and women for dealing with the security challenges of our time.”
Other speakers at the March 8 dedication ceremony included GMU President Alan Merten; May Hynes, Chair of the Arlington County Board; Edward Rhodes, Dean of GMU’s School of Public Policy; and Jacquelyn Antonson, a student in GMU’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.Following the formal ceremony, Director Petraeus greeted students and guests at a lively reception on the campus grounds.
A transcript of his remarks is available in Speeches & Testimony.