William F. Kernan

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William F. Kernan is a retired U.S. Army officer having reached the rank of Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic and Commander in Chief, United States Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. "He retired from the Army on 1 December 2002 and assumed the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager for International Operations for MPRI, a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications," a biographical note states.[1]

It's unclear if Kernan was a regular military analyst for any media outlet, but he did appear on PBS's "Charlie Rose" show to discuss Iraq in March 2003. [2]

The Pentagon's military analyst program

In April 2008 documents obtained by New York Times reporter David Barstow revealed that Kernan had been recruited as one of over 75 retired military officers involved in the Pentagon military analyst program. Participants appeared on television and radio news shows as military analysts, and/or penned newspaper op/ed columns. The program was launched in early 2002 by then-Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clarke. The idea was to recruit "key influentials" to help sell a wary public on "a possible Iraq invasion." [3]

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