Gulf Roundtable with CJCS General Martin E. Dempsey
Thoughts on the Future of the Gulf
General Martin E. Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin E. Dempsey serves as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. By law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer. Prior to becoming Chairman, the general served as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff.
From September 2001 to June 2003, General Dempsey served in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, General Dempsey redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, General Dempsey served as the deputy commander and then acting commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008 to March 2011.