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Graham T. Allison
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government
Director
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As founding dean of the modern Kennedy School, Professor Allison helped it become a major school of public policy and government. He served as special adviser to the secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan and as assistant secretary of defense for policy and plans under President Bill Clinton, where he coordinated Department of Defense strategy and policy on Russia, Ukraine, and other states that emerged from the former Soviet Union. He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Caspar Weinberger and second by Secretary William Perry. He was a member of the Defense Policy Board for Secretaries Weinberger, Frank Carlucci, Dick Cheney, Les Aspin, Perry, and William Cohen. He now serves on the advisory boards of the secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the head of the CIA. VIEW FULL BIO