In Memoriam of Senator John McCain
The late Senator John McCain is one of the finest examples of a public servant this country has been blessed to have. A third generation Navy man, Senator McCain graduated from the Naval Academy and served as a pilot during the Vietnam War. His greatness was not from those services, but his iron will in the face of brutal imprisonment for five and a half years by North Vietnam. And his strength, forgiveness, and recovery in the aftermath of the war in his 40 years of service as a United States Congressman and Senator.
It was my pleasure to work with him for almost a decade on an issue dear to his heart – the recovery of those Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. Senator McCain was a straight shooter. Sardonic. Smart. And respectful of those working so hard to bring our boys home.
I don’t think people understood how much physical pain he was in every day from his time as a Prisoner of War. Yet, the Senator kept on going with the dignity and perseverance of the officer and gentlemen he was born to be.
It was not easy for him to lose his campaign for the Presidency in 2008. He worked hard and long. But, Senator McCain proved to be a most gracious loser embracing and supporting our new President. And, he remained a bi-partisan member of the Senate to the end reaching out to colleagues no matter their political stripe.
The Navy has an expression for such a man and his legacy – Bravo Zulu. It means job “well done.”
We, at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, say Bravo Zulu to the legacy of Senator John McCain. A life well led. A job well done.
Professor Ronald Marks, Chair of DMGS’ Intelligence Program, served for a decade as a liaison for POW-MIA issues at CIA and on Capitol Hill.
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 consuling firm.
He is the author of Spying in America in the Post 9/11 World: Domestic Threat and the Need for Change.