ADMIRAL WILLIAM J. FALLON, the former commander of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command, was the 2008-2009 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies.
Admiral Fallon led U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), one of five geographic joint military commands of the U.S. armed forces, each headed by a senior four-star general or admiral, from March 2007 to March 2008. During his tenure as CENTCOM commander, he was responsible for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and directed all U.S. military activities in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa.
Prior to heading CENTCOM, Admiral Fallon served with distinction as the commander of U.S. Pacific Command from February 2005 to March 2007 with responsibility for U.S. military engagement and operations in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. He had previously served as commander for U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet from September 2003 to February 2005. He was the 31st Vice Chief of Naval Operations, serving as the number two officer in the Navy, from October 2000 through August 2003.
Admiral Fallon recently retired from the military after 41 years of distinguished service to the nation. He is a graduate of Villanova University, the Naval War College, the National War College, and holds a Master of Arts degree in international studies from Old Dominion University. Admiral Fallon has been honored with many U.S. and international awards.