portrait of Lieutenant General Robert J. Gard, Jr.
Wednesday, April 14, 1999“Post-Cold War World Disorder”
Thursday, April 15, 1999“Antipersonnel Land Mines: A Weapon of Mass Destruction”

Robert G. Gard, Jr. earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1956 and five years later earned his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, from the same school. Since 1981 Mr. Gard has served as Visiting Professor of International Relations (American University in Paris) and Director of the Bologna (Italy) Center at Johns Hopkins University. Last year, Mr. Gard ended eleven years as President of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Since 1967 he has written a number of articles on military leadership and planning, most recently “The Military Utility of Anti-Personnel Land Mines” which appeared as a chapter in Maxwell A. Cameron’s To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines.

In 1950 Mr. Gard received his commission in the United States Army with a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. This commission sent him towards 31 years of dedicated service in the Armed Forces and eventually lifted him to the rank of Lieutenant General. During these 31 years, Mr. Gard held a number of command positions including Commander of the 145th Field Artillery and 734th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalions; Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Director of Human Resources Development, US Army; and Commanding General of Fort Ord, CA, the 7th Infantry Division, and of the US Army Personnel Center. In 1977, Mr. Gard accepted a position as President of the National Defense University in Washington D.C. and retired from this position and the military in 1981.

Mr. Gard has received a number of awards for work both in and out of the military including the Harvard University Charles Sumner Prize (for his doctoral dissertation), the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He received a Harvard Fellowship in its Science and Public Policy Program for 1960-61 and another Fellowship for 1970-71 from the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In addition, Mr. Gard is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Development Engineering Research Institute, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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