The View from the Military Academies: A Conversation with the Superintendents About Values, Ethics, & the Military Profession


Friday, April 21, 2017, 9:00am to 10:30am


NYE A, B Taubman 5th Floor, 79 JFK Street, Harvard Kennedy School (Taubman Building)



The View from the Military Academies:
A Conversation with the Superintendents About Values, Ethics, & the Military Profession 

Welcoming remarks by Harvard President Drew Faust.


  • LGEN Michelle Johnson (USAFA)
  • LGEN Robert Caslen (USMA)
  • VADM Ted Carter (USNA)

Carr Center Senior Fellow Alberto Mora

michellejLGEN Michelle D. Johnson is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. LGEN Johnson is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and, among her many postings and commands, has served as Air Force Aide to the President of the United States. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981, General Johnson completed graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar before earning her pilot wings in 1984. 


caslenLGEN Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013. Lieutenant General Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master’s degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.Previous to this assignment, Lt. Gen. Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.



TedCarterVADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy July 23, 2014. He is a native of Burrillville, Rhode Island. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a naval flight officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) Top Gun in 1985. He completed the Air Command and Staff College course and the Armed Forces Staff College.