Lieutenant General (ret.) Frederick Rudesheim

Director

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Frederick S. "Rudy" Rudesheim was appointed Director of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in February 2018.

Born and raised for 18 years in the Republic of Panama, Lieutenant General (ret.) Rudesheim was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Texas, Austin in 1981, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He holds Master's degrees in International Relations from Troy University, in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and in Advanced Military Studies from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

He served as the Commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2003 to March 2004.  He later returned as Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division and Multi-National Division - Baghdad, Iraq, from February 2009 to January 2010.  His most recent command was as the Commander for the United States Army - South at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

His previous joint assignments include a tour with US Joint Forces - Korea; Director of Joint Capability Development at the US Joint Forces Command; and three tours with the Joint Staff: the first as a Division Chief and Deputy Director for the J5, the second as the Deputy Director for the J7, and most recently as the Vice Director of the Joint Staff.  From January 2015 until his retirement, he served as US Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in Jerusalem.