General Richard Clarke of the United States Army currently holds the post of 12th Commander for United States Special Operations Command based at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He assumed this assignment on March 29, 2019.
Clarke was an accomplished author, best known for his semiautobiographical Glide Path book and semiautobiographical works in general. During World War II, he used ground-controlled approach (GCA) radar that helped win the Battle of Britain.
Early Life and Education
Growing up as an army brat and moving frequently throughout his childhood years, he graduated from West Point Military Academy.
He worked as a security specialist for nearly thirty years with the United States government, overseeing national security issues in various regions as well as consulting to the Defense Department.
In March 2004, Clarke published his tell-all book Against All Enemies, in which he critiqued past and current administrations – most prominently President George W. Bush’s response to the 9-11 attacks – harshly. It quickly became a bestseller and rapidly made Clarke famous – both as an activist against official misconduct or as an embittered former official who may take revenge.
Richard Clarke was recently appointed Commander of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), located at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. He assumed this post on March 29, 2019.
Clarke is an in-demand keynote speaker who draws upon his extensive military experience to deliver captivating speeches that engage audiences and empower individuals. His talks focus on clear communication and shared vision as key ingredients of success, as well as adapting to change.
Clarke has also published books and articles. He was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11, especially that of former Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Clarke published an op-ed in The Washington Post arguing that US officials’ failure to anticipate and respond effectively to al-Qaeda attacks on US soil was not due to traumatized populations, but instead due to their neglecting reports showing planned terrorist attacks against America.
Achievement and Honors
He served as Commander of US Special Operations Command from March 29 to August 30, 2022 from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Prior to that he held the position of Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) on Joint Staff in Washington, DC. General Lehtinen led soldiers of all ranks from Airborne Brigade, Ranger Regiments, mechanized infantry units in five divisions as well as 173rd Airborne Brigade & 75th Ranger Regiment across United States Europe Iraq Afghanistan theatres of operations.
He earned his undergraduate degree at West Point and an MBA degree from Benedictine College before attending and becoming a distinguished graduate of the National War College. Additionally, he is widely respected for his guitar playing abilities – having performed alongside acts like Metallica, Motley Crue and Heart.
Richard Clarke has experienced both obstacles and successes throughout his life. For thirty years he was an integral member of government serving under four presidents.
Clarke first made headlines in March 2004 when he released a tell-all book entitled Against All Enemies that offered an expose on his time working for the government and provided an indictment of Bush administration policies regarding terrorist threats both before and after 9/11. Clarke appeared on 60 Minutes as well as testifying before the 9/11 Commission.
Richard Clarke currently leads US Special Operations Command – a joint force comprising over 75,000 Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force commandos and Marine Raiders – as its commander. A distinguished graduate of National War College himself, Richard resides with his wife in Tampa Florida.
Richard D Clarke has accomplished much throughout his professional life. He is considered one of the premier General Officers, though his path to success hasn’t always been smooth.
He has led soldiers at all levels in Airborne, Ranger, Mechanized Infantry and Light Infantry units from five Army Divisions; including the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 75th Rangers Regiments of both United States, Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clarke is married and the father of two children; however, his personal life remains private. However, he is an established social media personality, boasting thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – in addition to an official website with news and updates for him as well as being active on YouTube.