Frederick W. Kagan is a resident scholar in defense and security policy studies at American Enterprise Institute. He was previously an associate professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Kagan is the author of Iraq: The Way Ahead and Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq, reports by the Iraq Planning Group at AEI.
Gen. Jack Keane is senior managing director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm. He is also a member of the secretary of defense's policy board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a director and member of numerous nonprofit organizations. Keane, a retired four-star general, completed 37 years in public service in December 2003.
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Charles Ferguson is the writer and director of No End in Sight, a documentary about U.S. policy in Iraq. Since selling Vermeer Technologies, which he co-founded, he has been a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and has written three books on information technology.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a former foreign secretary and a former defense secretary of the United Kingdom. He was one of only four ministers to serve throughout the tenures of Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. In 1997, he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He is the Parliament member for the London constituency of Kensington and Chelsea.
John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News' Nightline. During a career of more than two decades, he has served ABC News in many capacities, including as chief White House correspondent and chief Moscow correspondent. Donvan's most recent major assignment was covering the war in Iraq.