The John J. McCloy Program

Staff: Richard K. Betts

The John J. McCloy Program was established in 1985 to honor John J. McCloy and Morris Hadley. The program supports activities at the Council on subjects in which Messrs. McCloy and Hadley held a deep and abiding interest and includes the John J. McCloy Roundtable on Setting the National Security Agenda, which was inaugurated in 1996 and seeks to identify and illuminate new national security questions that may warrant further attention from the Council. Roundtable participants come from both the New York and Washington D.C. regions and comprise an eclectic mix of seasoned and upcoming national security pundits from academia, government, and the private sector. Topics are chosen as the year progresses, which assures timely and relevant discussions. Discussion topics include defense strategies learned from the war in Afghanistan, how the intelligence community has changed since 9/11, and methods of predicting terrorism based on behavioral science. Past topics have included prospects for security cooperation between China and Russia, NATO’s options in the occupation of the Balkans, and new challenges in management of the Defense Department.

John J. McCloy and Morris Hadley

John J. McCloy (1895-1995) served as chairman of the Council’s Board of Directors from 1953 to 1970, and subsequently as honorary chairman. He joined the Council in 1939. From 1941 to 1945, Mr. McCloy served as the assistant secretary of war, and from 1947 to 1949, he was the president of the World Bank. He then became the U.S. high commissioner for Germany from 1949 to 1952. He then left government service and became chairman of Chase Manhattan from 1953 to 1960, and chairman of the Ford Foundation from 1958 to 1960.

Morris Hadley, a distinguished New York lawyer, was a partner and close associate of Mr. McCloy at the firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy.

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