Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft is deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs, the White House, Washington, D.C.
General Scowcroft was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1925. He was educated in Ogden City schools and then received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y., where he graduated in 1947. He received a master's degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1967 in international relations from Columbia University attended Lafayette College, Georgetown University School of Language and Linguistics, Armed Forces Staff College, and the National War College.
He graduated from pilot training in October 1948 and then served in a variety of operational and administrative positions from 1948 to 1953. In July 1953 he was assigned to the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, where he was appointed assistant professor of Russian history. He remained there until August 1957 when he entered the Strategic Intelligence School in Washington, D.C.
From June 1959 to August 1961 General Scowcroft was assigned as assistant air attache in the American Embassy, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He then returned to the United States and entered the Armed Forces Staff College. In February 1962 he was transferred to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and served as professor and acting head of the Political Science Department.
From September 1964 to June 1966 General Scowcroft was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, and served in the Long Range Planning Division, Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives. He next attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
General Scowcroft was assigned in July 1968 to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and served in the Western Hemisphere Region. In September 1969 he was reassigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Directorate of Plans as Deputy Assistant for National Security Council Matters. In March 1970 he joined the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and became the special assistant to the director of the Joint Staff.
General Scowcroft was appointed military assistant to the president in February 1972, and in August 1973 he was reassigned as deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force design), Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He has an aeronautical rating as pilot.
He was promoted to the grade of lieutenant general effective Aug. 16, 1974, with same date of rank.
(Current as of March 2021)