Charles Dunlap, USAF (Ret.)

CNAS Board of Advisor

Duke University

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Prior to his retirement on 1 June 2010, Major General Dunlap served as Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force.  In that position he assisted in the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 500 civilians assigned worldwide.  In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international and civil law functions, General Dunlap provided legal advice to the Air Staff and commanders at all levels.

Besides serving in a variety of posts in the United States, the general also served tours in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea.  Additionally, he deployed for various operations in the Middle East and Africa, including short stints in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  General Dunlap also has led military delegations to Iraq, Colombia, South Africa, and the Czech Republic.  Prior to assuming his last position as Deputy Judge Advocate General, he served as the Staff Judge Advocate at Headquarters Air Combat Command.

General Dunlap is recognized as one of the most prolific, provocative, and sought-after writers and speakers in the defense and public policy communities today.  Totaling more than 120 publications, General Dunlap’s writings address a wide range of issues including the law, airpower, counterinsurgency, cyber power, civil-military relations, and leadership.  His has spoken at numerous conferences and institutions of higher learning to include Duke, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and UVA, as well as National Defense University and the Air, Army, and Navy War Colleges.

General Dunlap is a graduate of St. Joseph's University and Villanova University School of Law.  He is also a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College and Air War College, and he is a distinguished graduate of the National War College.  In 1997 he completed the National Security Management Course co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins University (School for Advanced International Studies) and Syracuse University (Maxwell School).

The general’s military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.

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