General Michael P.C. Carns graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1959 as a member of its first class; from the Harvard Business School, with Distinction, in 1967; and from the Royal College of Defense Studies, London, in 1977. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF), serving four tours in Europe and four in the Pacific. He flew 200 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom II fighter in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and was awarded the nation’s third highest combat decoration for valor, the Silver Star. General Carns total flying time exceeds 6400 hours.
While in the US Air Force, General Carns served as Commander of the l3th Air Force, Deputy Commander in Chief for the US Pacific Forces, Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the first Gulf War and the Panama Invasion, and retired from the USAF after serving as Vice Chief of Staff in 1994.
General Carns has authored a number of articles and participated in numerous studies on current issues, including such topics as the need to substantially alter the military acquisition process; undertaking a new energy strategy in the Department of Defense; the benefits of privatizing selective military logistics functions; the role of the military warfighter; the critical role of a credible US nuclear deterrent; applying energy efficiency standards to weapons system effectiveness, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defense acquisition process.
- January 25, 2018
- Location: 300 Church Street, Huntsville, AL
- Phone: (256) 535-4350
- Time: 7:00 PM
- Price: Admission charged