General Jack Keane
February 1, 1943|
Manhattan, New York
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966-2003|
XVIII Airborne Corps|
101st Airborne Division
Legion of Merit
Combat Infantryman Badge
John M. "Jack" Keane (born February 1, 1943) is a retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a defense analyst currently serving as Chairman of the Board for the Institute for the Study of War.
Life and career
Keane was born in Manhattan, New York in 1943. He attended Fordham University, where he participated in The National Society of Pershing Rifles, graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1966. He then attended Western Kentucky University, graduating with a master's degree in philosophy. He then attended the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
Keane served in the Vietnam War as a paratrooper. He later served in U.S. engagements in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo. His commands include the 1st Brigade,10th Mountain Division, 101st Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps.
In 1991 Keane saved the life of General David Petraeus during a live fire exercise. According to Keane, "he got shot accidentally, standing right next to me, and I had to fight to save his life. He had a hole about the size of a quarter in his back and is gushing with blood, and we stopped the bleeding and got him on a helicopter and got him to a surgeon and so we were sort of bonded ever since that time."
Keane retired from military service in 2003. He is also a national security analyst for Fox News. He has served an advisory role in the management of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, as a member of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee. In January 2007, Keane and scholar Frederick W. Kagan released a policy paper, entitled "Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq", through the American Enterprise Institute that called for bringing security by putting around 30,000 additional American troops there for a period of at least 18 months. In part convinced by this paper, President George W. Bush ordered on January 10, 2007 the deployment of 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, most of whom would be deployed to Baghdad, this deployment has been nicknamed the 2007 surge.
Military awards Keane has received include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Joint Chiefs Service Badge, the Humanitarian Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Keane currently sits on the board of directors of MetLife, General Dynamics, AlliedBarton and consultant/strategic advisor Academi. He has also lobbied on behalf of AM General, the firm that produces the Humvee.
He is the son of William Keane and Maude (Brown) Keane, and brother of Ronald Keane. Keane married Theresa Doyle in 1965 and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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- Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal, Why the Surge Worked, September 20, 2008
- ""General Jack Keane" (bio)". Principles of War Seminar Series. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Archived from the original on March 4, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2007.
- Keane, Jack. "Jack Keane - Conversations with Bill Kristol". Conversations with Bill Kristol. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- Kagan, Frederick W. (January 5, 2007). "Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq: Phase I Report". American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Archived from the original on January 17, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
- Kerley, David (January 9, 2007). "The Architect of Bush's New Iraq Strategy". ABC News. Archived from the original on August 25, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Hastings, Hirsh, and Wolffe (January 8, 2007). "'Surge' Strategy". Newsweek National News (MSNBC). p. 2. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- From the Pentagon to the private sector: In large numbers, and with few rules, retiring generals are taking lucrative defense-firm jobs, Boston.com, December 26, 2010
Gen. Eric Shinseki
|Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
1999 – 2003
| Succeeded by|
Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.