Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
U.S. Military Planning and the 21st Century
Lt General Frank Kisner
February 25, 2016
Introduced by Lion Herb Canada
Lieutenant General Frank Kisner, USAF, Ret.: former NATO Special Operations Commander
This "three part discussion" will briefly examine the US Military planning process as shaped by specific guidance in the US Constitution with regard to the subordination of our Military to Civilian leadership (Yesterday), and how the Military plans based on guidance from Civilian leadership (Today), and shapes that planning based on the known and anticipated Complexity of the 21st Century (Tomorrow).
Frank Kisner retired from the United States Air Force in 2013 after 33 years of service to America.
He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, US Army Command and General Staff Officers Course, and the US Naval War College. His last duty assignment as a Lieutenant General was as Commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters, Mons, Belgium, where he led a multinational staff, representing 26 NATO and three non-NATO nations, acting as the primary point of direction and coordination for all NATO special operations-related activities in order to optimize employment of NATO special operations forces.
During his career, he also commanded a Special Operations Squadron, a Special Operations Group, a Special Operations Wing and an Airlift Wing, and Special Operations Command, Europe.
He served on a Joint Special Operations Task Force during Operation Desert Storm, commanded a special operations squadron during Kosovo operations and conducted contigency operations in Africa. From September 2001 to January 2002, he was deputy commander Joint Special Operations Task Force-North (Task Force Dagger) in Operation Enduring Freedom. From December 2002 to May 2003, he commanded special air operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. From May 2008 until May 2009, he served as commander for forces in Operation Enduring Freedom Trans Sahara in Africa.
A native of Nebraska, he "married into Texas" when he married Helen (Angelo) Babineau of Midland, and he and Helen now reside in Austin.
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