Lieutenant General (USAF, retired) Brent Scowcroft served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H. W. Bush and has played—in both his military and civilian life—a significant role in shaping our Nation’s defense policy for over four decades. His distinguished military career includes service as Head of the USAF Academy’s Department of Political Science, where he emphasized the importance of intellectual achievement and an appreciation for the broader political and constitutional context in which the profession of arms exists. The establishment of a professorship named in honor of General Scowcroft commemorates his distinguished service to his country, both in and out of uniform, and provides a continuing reminder of the professionalism, integrity, and critical intellect that marked that service—ideals that we seek to infuse in our cadets as vital to their 21st century careers.
The Scowcroft Professorship is resident within the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies in the Department of Political Science (DFPS). The position is filled by a scholar of national reputation, combining academic achievement with experience in government. The Scowcroft Professorship further positions the USAF Academy as the leading undergraduate institution in the country in the study of national security, defense, and space policy.
About the incumbent
Dr. Schuyler Foerster holds the Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the USAF Academy Department of Political Science and Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.
A graduate of the USAF Academy, he received his doctorate from Oxford University in politics and strategic studies; holds masters degrees in public administration and international relations from The American University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, respectively; and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
During his 26-year Air Force career, Colonel Foerster served in numerous assignments in the Departments of State and Defense in security and arms control policy, including the US Mission to NATO and the US Delegation to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. He concluded his military career as the senior political-military advisor to the Commander, US Strategic Command. Early in his career, he served as an intelligence officer in Southeast Asia and in Washington DC and later as Director of International Relations and Defense Studies at the USAF Academy Department of Political Science.
In his civilian career, Dr. Foerster served as President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, receiving several national and local awards for establishing the Council as a leader in secondary school and grass roots education on important global issues. He hosted a weekly half-hour radio program, taught graduate seminars on security policy at the University of Pittsburgh, and served on the governing and advisory boards of several colleges and universities and other civic organizations.
Dr. Foerster has co-authored two books and several articles on international politics and national security issues. He regularly addresses academic, professional, and civic audiences across the United States on a broad range of global issues, and has been a frequent guest commentator in print, radio, and television.