Spotlight: William Pendley

William T. Pendley, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired

William PendleyRear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired Bill Pendley, a Bluffton resident since 1999, has played a vital role in the development of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head. A Director of the Board for two terms, Admiral Pendley has also served as Chairman of the Programming Committee, which continues to benefit from his knowledge of United States international security policy and strategy as well as his collaborative spirit, unique connections and dedication to WACHH.

Admiral Pendley has a long and distinguished military career. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served as a commissioned officer and naval aviator in a wide variety of operational and staff assignments. During his operational command tours, Admiral Pendley was recognized for his role in the integration of weapons platforms for anti-submarine warfare operations essential to the monitoring of Soviet submarine deployment.

As Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Pendley helped develop the Maritime Strategy which was the foundation for the 600 ship navy and a key element in the U.S. Cold War strategy. He also served as a principal advisor to the CNO during the development of the Goldwater-Nichols Act.

As Senior Member of the United Nations Military Armistice Commission at Panmunjom, Admiral Pendley conducted several negotiations with North Korea on sensitive security issues along the Korean DMZ. His efforts were recognized by a personal award by the President of the Republic of Korea.

During his 33 years military career Admiral Pendley received several awards including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit (5) awards.

After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Admiral Pendley was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs and from January-July 1993 he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. From July 1993 until June 1998 he was Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies at the Air War College. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and co-author of Nuclear Coexistence: Rethinking U.S. Policy to Promote Stability in an Era of Proliferation.

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