General Stanley A. McChrystal is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He developed and implemented a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and created a cohesive counterterrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture. In June 2009, he was appointed to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF by the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO. In August 2010, he retired from the US Army. 

Gen. McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College. He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on Foreign Relations.