U.S. Navy Admiral Michael G. Mullen was confirmed as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 2007, replacing Gen. Peter Pace, who stepped down in September 2007. Prior, Mullen served as Chief of Naval Operations.
"Considered one of the most influential chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen takes a fresh approach to the most important geopolitical issues of the 21st Century. Mullen oversaw the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan, while promoting international partnerships, new technologies, and new counter-terrorism tactics. Since retiring from the Navy, he has joined the boards of General Motors, Sprint, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton, and is renowned for his role in dismantling “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Today, he shares his deep experience in leading change in complex organizations, his assessment of geopolitical relationships, diversity implementation, crisis management, economic policy, risk management, and the growing and existential threat of cyber."
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- Mike Mount, "Navy to increase numbers inside Iraq. Move aimed at easing pressure on stretched Army forces," CNN, February 8, 2006.
- "Pace leaving as Joint Chiefs chairman," CNN, June 8, 2007.
- Mark Thompson, "Removing Pace, Clearing the Decks," TIME, June 8, 2007.
- "Joint chiefs nominee wants to win 'hearts and minds'," CNN, June 8, 2007.
- Josh White and Thomas E. Ricks, "Joint Chiefs Chair Will Bow Out. Pentagon Wary of Thorny Reconfirmation Hearings," Washington Post, June 9, 2007.
- Ann Scott Tyson, "Nominee to Head Joint Chiefs Sees Current Strain on Military," Washington Post, June 12, 2007.
- News Release: "President Bush Nominates Admiral Michael Mullen and General James Cartwright to Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Office of the White House Press Secretary, June 28, 2007.
- Tom Vanden Brook, "Nominee Mullen: Little political progress in Iraq," USA TODAY, July 30, 2007.
- David Stout, "Joint Chiefs nominees see no limits on militants in Iraq," International Herald Tribune, July 31, 2007.
- "Joint Chiefs Nominee Michael Mullen Supported Iraq Troop Buildup," Associated Press (Fox News), July 31, 2007.
- William Branigin, "Joint Chiefs Nominee Notes Toll on Military, Need to Plan for Iraq Drawdown," Washington Post, August 1, 2007.
- Robert Burns, "Incoming chairman of the joint chiefs to put focus on Iraq," Associated Press (Boston Globe), October 1, 2007.
- Al Kamen, "In Washington and Beyond, Disclosing a Few of Cheney's Locations," Washington Post, October 5, 2007.
- Satyam Khanna, "Does Bush Think His New Joint Chiefs Chairman Is ‘Naïve’?" Think Progress, October 5, 2007.
- Steve Benen, "New JCS Chairman doesn’t think highly of Cheney, either," The Carpetbagger Report, October 23, 2007.
- Michael G. Mullen, "Strategic Communication: Getting Back to Basics," Joint Force Quarterly via Foreign Policy, August 28, 2009.