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Rich Cooper Reflects on Admiral Mullen at the Aspen Security Forum

Security Debrief contributor Rich Cooper is in Colorado for the Aspen Security Forum. Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided the forum’s opening remarks. Here’s what Cooper told Government Security News after the Admiral’s talk.


At Aspen: Diplomatic Admiral Mullen carefully avoids the inflammatory McCrystal script – Government Security News

Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicked off the Aspen Security Forum in front of a sold-out crowd of approximately 800 people on June 28, with observations and answers to audience questions that were so polite, so balanced, so calibrated and so devoid of news-making content that they set a new standard of excellence in this “button-your-lip” post-General Stanley McCrystal era…

…One observer, Rich Cooper, principal with Catalyst Partners, was impressed with Mullen’s tough comments on Iran. “Seeing a person in his position stating that Iran has given us ‘no reason to trust them’ spoke volumes to me,” said Cooper. “Here’s a military officer saying we’ve exhausted what we can do there.”