51 Facts About Barry McCaffrey


Barry Richard McCaffrey was born on November 17,1942 and is a retired United States Army general and current news commentator, professor and business consultant who served in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.


Barry McCaffrey was inducted into United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame at the United States Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning in 2007.


Barry McCaffrey received West Point Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy's Distinguished Graduate Award in 2010.


Barry McCaffrey is currently a paid military analyst for NBC and MSNBC as well as president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates.


Barry McCaffrey serves on many boards of directors of national corporations.


Barry McCaffrey is an outspoken advocate for insurance parity, for drug courts, and veterans' courts; he is a frequent speaker at conferences.


Barry McCaffrey graduated from Phillips Academy in 1960 and the United States Military Academy in 1964.


Barry McCaffrey received a Master of Arts in civil government from American University in 1970 and attended Harvard University's National Security Program and Business School Executive Education Program.


Barry McCaffrey was part of the flanking force, and his mind was already starting to race over a logistics problem the war colleges would call a potential war-stopper, yet he had one overriding thought: We're not going to fight a war of attrition, or a limited war.


Barry McCaffrey saw now that the Army was going to play to its strengths and the enemy's weakness.


Barry McCaffrey was speeding toward the Euphrates River at a remarkable 30 miles an hour over rocky terrain.


Barry McCaffrey was hurrying to link up with Peay's 101st, cut Highway 8, and then turn east to attack the Republican Guard.


Barry McCaffrey had been badly wounded in Vietnam, but it had not shaken his confidence or his ardor for battle.


Unlike the VII Corps planners, Barry McCaffrey was not in awe of the Iraqis.


Just before Barry McCaffrey's division moved to its attack positions in the Saudi desert, Schwarzkopf flew up to give a pep talk to one of the division's reconnaissance teams.


When it came time to launch the ground war, Barry McCaffrey issued a top secret attack order that seemed like a call to a holy war and alluded to the assurance he had received from Schwarzkopf.


Barry McCaffrey had replied with a full-scale tank and helicopter counterattack, smashing the Iraqi column and taking 3,000 prisoners without suffering a single casualty.


Barry McCaffrey cautioned against euphoria, but urged the nation to continue their support for the US armed forces serving in the Middle East.


Barry McCaffrey told them 'We just might need the fuel too, and anyone who blows it up will answer to me.


Later, Barry McCaffrey indicated that it would take a week to destroy all the ammunition dumps and military supplies around the airfield.


Barry McCaffrey denied the charges that on three occasions, he or his men of the 24th infantry division either fired on enemy soldiers who had surrendered in an "unprovoked attack," or "went too far" in responding to a non-existent threat.


Barry McCaffrey attacked what he called Hersh's "revisionist history" of the Gulf War.


Hersh alleged that Barry McCaffrey violated Department of Defense policy by denying reporters access to his battle plans and the actual battleground.


Barry McCaffrey commanded SOUTHCOM, whose headquarters were then in the Republic of Panama, from 1994 to 1996.


Barry McCaffrey was the youngest and most highly decorated four-star general in the army at the time of his retirement from the military in 1996.


Barry McCaffrey led forces into combat in Vietnam, where he was grievously wounded.


Barry McCaffrey then went to SOUTHCOM at a crucial time and seized the opportunities presented by the ascendancy of democracy in our hemisphere.


Barry McCaffrey was director of Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2001.


Barry McCaffrey was confirmed unanimously by the US Senate on February 29,1996.


Barry McCaffrey came to this position with experience interdicting drug smugglers from South America, as head of the Southern Command.


Barry McCaffrey disliked the metaphor of a "war" on drugs, preferring to call it a malignancy for which he advocated treatment; at the same time, he headed an initiative that began in 1999 to eliminate coca farming in Colombia.


Barry McCaffrey defended the program saying, "We plead guilty to using every lawful means to save America's children"; President Clinton defended Barry McCaffrey.


Barry McCaffrey has harshly criticized US treatment of detainees during the War on Terror.


In June 2005, Barry McCaffrey surveyed Iraq on behalf of US Central Command and wrote an optimistic report afterwards.


Barry McCaffrey's assessment noted several negative areas as well as very positive areas in the struggle for democracy in the country.


Barry McCaffrey returned a third time in March 2007 and followed the visit with a third memorandum.


Barry McCaffrey was "at the heart of the scandal" detailed by Barstow.


Specifically, Barry McCaffrey signed a contract with an undisclosed equity stake and retainer to represent Defense Solutions to US military leadership.


Subsequently, Barry McCaffrey would continue to advocate the Defense Solutions proposal over equipping the Iraqi Army with US-made equipment.


Barstow said he never intended to say that Barry McCaffrey did anything illegal or unethical.


Barry McCaffrey said he was describing how the world works and raising the issue of disclosure of potential conflicts.


Barry McCaffrey, a much-decorated, thrice-wounded war hero, unhappily became the symbol of an entrenched system of insider access, overlapping interests and lack of public disclosure.


On March 16,2018, Barry McCaffrey received significant media attention after sending out a message on Twitter announcing his conclusion that US President Donald Trump was a threat to national security and "under the sway of" Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.


Barry McCaffrey is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.


Barry McCaffrey is currently a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and president of his own consulting firm, BR McCaffrey Associates.


In October 2004, Barry McCaffrey was elected by the board of directors of HNTB Corporation to serve as the board chairman of a newly formed subordinate company, HNTB Federal Services.


In January 2008, Barry McCaffrey was elected to the board of directors of The HNTB Companies, an employee-owned organization of infrastructure firms known for their work in transportation, tolls, bridges, aviation, rail, architecture, urban design, and planning.


Barry McCaffrey serves on the boards of directors of Atlantic Council of the United States, DynCorp International, Global Linguist Solutions, McNeil Technologies, and CRC Health Group, a nationwide for-profit chain of addiction treatment centers and behavioral therapy programs for related disorders.


Barry McCaffrey is an honorary advisor of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, member of Council on Foreign Relations, an Associate of the Inter-American Dialogue, a principal for Council on Excellence in Government, a member of the CSIS US-Mexico Binational Council, chairman of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center Advisory Board, a senior executive associate for Army Aviation Association of America, and a member of the board of advisors of National Infantry Foundation.


Barry McCaffrey participates in US Army Fires Center, Senior Field Artillery Advisory Council, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.


Barry McCaffrey is an advocate for parity and of drug courts and veterans' courts and is a frequent speaker at conferences.