Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement, he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals (wounded in combat three times), two Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second highest award for valor) and two Silver Stars for valor.
For five years after leaving the military, General McCaffrey served as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Upon leaving government service, he served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies, 2001-2005, and as an Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies at West Point, 2006-2010. Now President of his own consulting firm and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News.
Inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2007, General McCaffrey was honored in 2010 as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. In 1992 he was awarded the State Department Superior Honor Award for the principal negotiation team for the START II Nuclear Arms Control Treaty. In 2004, Catholic University of America awarded him the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal (Highest Honor), to honor him for distinguished and meritorious service to the United States of America.
General McCaffrey attended Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and graduated from West Point with a B.Sc. He earned a master's in American Government from American University and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program. He is married to Jill Ann McCaffrey. They have three married adult children and six grandchildren. Their son, Colonel Sean McCaffrey, just retired from the Armed Forces after his third combat tour.