- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

NAME _ James G. Stavridis.

AGE-BIRTH DATE-LOCATION _ 54; Feb. 15, 1955; West Palm Beach, Fla.

EXPERIENCE _ Commander, U.S. Southern Command, 2006-present; commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Persian Gulf in support of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2002-04; director, Navy Operations Group, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 2002; executive assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, 1999-2001; commander, Destroyer Squadron 21, 1997-98; commanded the Destroyer USS Barry, 1993-95; special assistant and speechwriter, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, 1992-93.

EDUCATION _ Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1976; doctorate degree in international relations, Tufts University, 1984; Naval War College graduate, 1992.

QUOTE _ “I think it is really not about soft power or hard power, but rather what some have called ‘smart power,’ which is the ability to dial between the poles of hard and soft. After all, life is a rheostat, not an on-off switch.”

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