John P. Abizaid is senior partner, JPA Partners LLC, a Nevada-based strategic and analytic consulting firm. Gen. Abizaid retired from the U.S. Army in May 2007, after thirty-four years of service. At the time he retired, he was the longest-serving commander of U.S. Central Command, responsible for 27 countries in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Horn of Africa. During his career, he commanded units at every level, serving in the combat zones of Grenada, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Gen. Abizaid served on the Joint Staff three times, the last as director. He serves as the distinguished chair at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, consults on a broad range of international and national security issues, and sits on the board of directors of USAA and RPM International. He is based in Gardnerville, NV.