General (Retd) David H Petraeus was named Senior Vice President of RUSI in 2013. This honorary role was created by RUSI's trustees and advisory council in recognition of General Petraeus' long association with the Institute and his distinguished contribution to the study and development of defence and international security concepts, as well as his implementation of those concepts in operations in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. General Petraeus was previously conferred RUSI's Chesney Gold Medal for his lifetime service to the field of security studies and operations.
General Petraeus served over 37 years in the US military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq, command of US Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, General Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA.
General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the US Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and PhD degrees in international relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. General Petraeus has received numerous US military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by thirteen foreign countries. He is also chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a non-resident Senior Fellow at Harvard University, as well as a member of the advisory boards of the Institute for the Study of War and a number of veterans organisations.