General Barry R. McCaffrey is president of his own consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia (www. mccaffreyassociates.com). He serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News.
McCaffrey served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies from January 2001 to May 2005; and then as an Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies from May 2005 to December 2010 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
McCaffrey graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Master of Arts degree in civil government from American University. He attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program. McCaffrey is a member Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. In May 2010, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy.
He has been elected to the Board of Directors of CRC Health Corporation, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), and the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is also: a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; an associate of the Inter-American Dialogue; chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Infantry Foundation, as well as the National Armor & Cavalry Heritage Foundation. McCaffrey has had a long association with the Phoenix House Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to drug and alcohol abuse treatment, prevention and therapy.
McCaffrey stepped down as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in January 2001. He was confirmed to the position by unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate in February 1996 and served as a member of the President's Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues. As ONDCP Director, he coordinated the $19 billion federal drug control budget and developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy.
McCaffrey is active in national and international security affairs. He co-chaired the Atlantic Council of the United States NATO Counterterrorism Working Group, leading a delegation to Moscow, Mons, Brussels and Warsaw. In 2008, he participated as member of the Secretary of Public Safety Genaro Garcia Luna's Council of International Experts which concentrates on Mexico's national security within their police and government agencies. In 2004, he addressed the “Security of the Americas Conference” in Mexico City and met with senior officials of the Mexican Government. In April 2004, McCaffrey helped release the CSIS Bi-national Commission Reports on Migration and Border Security. In February 2002, McCaffrey visited Cuba and participated in a small group session with Fidel and Raul Castro discussing U.S.-Cuba policies. His article on Cuba can be found at www. mccaffreyassociates.com. McCaffrey periodically conducts political-military evaluations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Colombia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. His After Action Reports on all these trips are available on his website.
Among the honors he has received are: Health and Human Services Lifetime Achievement Award For Extraordinary Achievement in the Field of Substance Abuse Prevention (2004); recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential People in American Foreign Policy by World Affairs Councils of America (2004); the Department of State's Superior Honor Award for the Strategic Arms Limitation
America (2004); the Department of State's Superior Honor Award for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks; the Central Intelligence Agency Great Seal Medallion; the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award; the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award; the Norman E. Zinberg Award of the Harvard Medical School; the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation's National Service Award; the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Lifetime Achievement Award; and decorations from France, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. Also, McCaffrey was given the National Leadership Award by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (2007); Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) “Golden Eagle” recognition (2007); inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at US Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, GA (2007); The Lifetime of Achievement Award at the American Red Cross Annual Fire & Ice Ball in Washington, DC (2008). Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers' “Spirit of the Buffalo Soldier Award” (2008); the W. Stuart Symington Award from the Air Force Association (2008); the National Narcotics Officers' Associations' Coalition's J Dennis Hastert Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and the “Footsie” Britt Award by The Society of the 30th Infantry Regiment (2010); Government Security News Extraordinary Leadership & Service in Homeland Security Award (2010).
Prior to confirmation as the National Drug Policy Director, McCaffrey served as the Commander-in- Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command coordinating national security operations in Latin America. During his military career, he served overseas for thirteen years and completed four combat tours. He commanded the 24th Infantry Division (Mech) during the Desert Storm 400- kilometer left hook attack into Iraq. At retirement from active duty, he was the most highly decorated four-star general in the U.S. Army. He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor. He was also awarded two Silver Stars and received three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat. McCaffrey served as the assistant to General Colin Powell and supported the chairman as the JCS advisor to the Secretary of State and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.