Major General Jasper A. Welch, (USAF Ret.) will present “Current Issues in the U.S. National Defense and International Relations” at Louisiana State University at Alexandria on Monday, April 23. This special lecture will be held in the Live Oaks Conference Room on campus beginning at 1 p.m. The event is offered free and is open to the public.
Early in his career, Welch integrated the study of sciences, defense and international relations. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of world affairs led him to assume assignments as a consultant to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, The Defense Science Board, NASA, NATO, and the President’s Science Advisory Committee. He served as defense policy coordinator for the National Security Council and worked closely with Presidents Nixon and Carter. He later led the design team for the Strategic Defense Initiative under President Reagan.
Besides his technical expertise, Welch is sought after for his humanitarian approach to national defense and his sensitivity to the societal impacts of national defense policy making. He has been honored for his performance as a military officer and his commitment to the United States. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and the LSU College of Science’s Hall of Distinction
Welch earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from LSU and his graduate degrees, also in physics, from the University of California at Berkley. He is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fr. McNair, Washington, D.C.