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Joseph Sestak

Joseph Sestak

2013-2014 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

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Ph.D., Harvard (Political Economy and Government) 
M.P.A., Harvard 
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy

Joseph A. Sestak, former congressman and retired U.S. Navy three-star admiral, is the 2013-14 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. Sestak’s distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Navy included commanding the George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle Group consisting of 30 ships during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also served as President Bill Clinton’s director for defense policy on the National Security Council and oversaw the navy’s five-year, $350 billion warfare budget as deputy chief of naval operations. Sestak also served as the first director of “Deep Blue,” the U.S. Navy’s counterterrorism unit. 

He is the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Sestak served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms, from 2007 to 2011, representing Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. He served on the Armed Services and Education and Labor committees and as vice chairman of the Small Business Committee.