Senator Robert “Bob” Dole is the very epitome of the Greatest Generation. Born the son of a Kansas farmer, Dole overcame life threatening wounds in World War II where he was literally left for dead on an Italian battlefield. Yet, after surviving and with several years in and out of Army hospitals, Dole went to law school and successfully ran for the House of Representatives. In 1960, the people of Kansas elected him to the Senate where he stayed until he ran for President in 1996.
In the Senate, Dole made his mark as a man who could be trusted as a colleague and a friend who sought workable compromises on the most complex domestic and international issues. Selected by President Gerald Ford to be his Vice Presidential running mate in 1976, Dole was honored by his Senate colleagues as Senate Majority Leader twice — in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Since leaving the Senate, Dole has devoted himself to the cause of Wounded Warriors visiting military hospitals and providing support to the families of these heroes. Moreover, Dole successfully led the effort to build the World War II Memorial on the National Mall where he can often be seen on Saturdays greeting visitors from around the country. Most recently, Senator Dole has successfully moved forward with a monument to another Kansan and personal hero, the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
On a personal note, it has been my pleasure to know the Senator for nearly 30 years and to have served as his chief Intelligence advisor from 1995-96. To my mind, Senator Robert Dole exemplifies the essence of poet Rudyard Kipling’s tribute to a man who “can walk with the crowd and keep (his) virtue, or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch.”
Senator Robert Dole richly deserves the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, and we at DMGS salute him.
Ronald A. Marks is currently the Chair of the Intelligence program at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS).
Ronald “Ron” Marks is a 33-year veteran of the U.S. national security community. A former CIA official, Ron was a clandestine service officer and a Senate Liaison for five DCIs. He went on to serve on Capitol Hill as Intelligence Counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Robert Dole and Trent Lott. Ron maintains his involvement with intelligence matters as a member of various Intelligence Community advisory groups.
Marks was President of Intelligence Enterprises, LLC, a privately held national security management-consulting firm. He also headed the DC office of Oxford Analytics, a nationally recognized analytical, strategic, and consulting firm.
He is the author of Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change.