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Admiral William Owens

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Expert on U.S.-China Relations

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 Admiral William Owens Biography

Admiral Bill Owens is the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the United States. He is the current chairman of AEA Investors ASIA; the executive chairman of Prometheus, Beijing, which specializes in cross-border investment collaboration between China and abroad; and the vice chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for Asia. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has been active in philanthropy to foster Chinese-American relations, including continuing dialogues between senior economists and officers in both militaries. Owens is an expert on U.S.-China relations, and he helps Asian organizations break into the U.S. and American companies navigate the Chinese business environment. He shares his unique background to discuss the U.S.-China relationship, telecommunications, national and cyber security, America’s military spending, and the business implications of these issues in a global marketplace.

Owens had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Widely recognized for bringing commercial high technology into the Department of Defense for military applications, Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations that is the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets, and technology for the four armed forces since World War II.

Owens long career in the military includes serving as the deputy chief of naval operations for resources, warfare requirements and assessments. He was commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and the senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney. Owens has written more than 50 articles on national security and authored two books, High Seas and Lifting the Fog of War.

Owens is the former CEO and vice chairman of Nortel Networks. Under his leadership, Nortel was reestablished as a strong, stable, ethical Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Nortel in 2004, Owens was the CEO and chairman of Teledesic, a company that brings worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network, and before that, he was the president, chief operating officer, and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He is also currently the chairman of CenturyLink Telecom (the third largest telecoms company in the U.S.) and has founded five technology companies; Lumera, Extend America, Amerilink, Yangtze, and Prometheus.

In 2004, Bill Owens received the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. He has been awarded the Legion d’Honore by France and Indonesia’s and Sweden’s the highest awards given to foreign citizens. Owens is the 1996 David Sarnoff Award winner for his contribution to advanced technology. He was also recognized as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World.

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  • The China-U.S. Relationship

    The China-U.S. relationship may be the most important relationship for the future of the world. Admiral Bill Owens, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a look at the relationship between the two countries from an economic, political, and national security point of view and discusses where we are today and where we are headed. He takes a particular interest in the economic and national security perspectives (the latter is getting more precarious) and answers the questions, “What should we do?” “Whose fault is it?” and “Can we understand, can we trust?”

  • Living and Doing Business in China from an American Perspective

    Is this a great opportunity or a minefield? The former CEO of Nortel and current chairman of AEA Investors ASIA takes a look at how private companies compete and co-exist with state-owned enterprises in China. Owens posits frequently asked questions like: “Are they Communist?” “Can I trust them?” “Who are they (Buddhist, Atheist, Confucian, Maoist?)” “What will it be like when their economy is larger than ours?” He shares his personal experiences and delivers insights into these and other concerns.

  • A National Security “Walk Around the World.”

    The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff takes his audience on a global tour of the great security risks and the players with the power to effect change. Adm. Bill Owens discusses how old thinking needs to be replaced with a new paradigm and uses the Middle East “post social networking/Arab Spring” as a pointed example. He delivers insights on trouble spots around the world from Egypt, Israel, and Syria to the state of Iraq and Iran post U.S. departure. Owens touches on the question of NATO and whether the U.S. and Europe share a common interest? Finally he reminds audiences to take a hard look at South America and Mexico right in our own back yard.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Admiral William Owens for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Admiral William Owens, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Admiral William Owens or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Admiral William Owens?

    Booking fees for Admiral William Owens, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Admiral William Owens, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Admiral William Owens?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Admiral William Owens for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Admiral William Owens for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Admiral William Owens or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Admiral William Owens or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Admiral William Owens

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Expert on U.S.-China Relations

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Admiral William Owens Biography

Admiral Bill Owens is the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking military officer in the United States. He is the current chairman of AEA Investors ASIA; the executive chairman of Prometheus, Beijing, which specializes in cross-border investment collaboration between China and abroad; and the vice chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for Asia. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has been active in philanthropy to foster Chinese-American relations, including continuing dialogues between senior economists and officers in both militaries. Owens is an expert on U.S.-China relations, and he helps Asian organizations break into the U.S. and American companies navigate the Chinese business environment. He shares his unique background to discuss the U.S.-China relationship, telecommunications, national and cyber security, America’s military spending, and the business implications of these issues in a global marketplace.

Owens had responsibility for the reorganization and restructuring of the armed forces in the post-Cold War era. Widely recognized for bringing commercial high technology into the Department of Defense for military applications, Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations that is the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets, and technology for the four armed forces since World War II.

Owens long career in the military includes serving as the deputy chief of naval operations for resources, warfare requirements and assessments. He was commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and the senior military assistant to Secretaries of Defense Frank Carlucci and Dick Cheney. Owens has written more than 50 articles on national security and authored two books, High Seas and Lifting the Fog of War.

Owens is the former CEO and vice chairman of Nortel Networks. Under his leadership, Nortel was reestablished as a strong, stable, ethical Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Nortel in 2004, Owens was the CEO and chairman of Teledesic, a company that brings worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network, and before that, he was the president, chief operating officer, and vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He is also currently the chairman of CenturyLink Telecom (the third largest telecoms company in the U.S.) and has founded five technology companies; Lumera, Extend America, Amerilink, Yangtze, and Prometheus.

In 2004, Bill Owens received the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. He has been awarded the Legion d’Honore by France and Indonesia’s and Sweden’s the highest awards given to foreign citizens. Owens is the 1996 David Sarnoff Award winner for his contribution to advanced technology. He was also recognized as one of “The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World.

Admiral William Owens Videos

  • ADM William "Bill" McRaven's comments on Secretary of Defense ...
  • The Future of Innovation: Admiral William A. Owens: TEDxMonroe.mp4

Admiral William Owens Speaking Topics

  • The China-U.S. Relationship

    The China-U.S. relationship may be the most important relationship for the future of the world. Admiral Bill Owens, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a look at the relationship between the two countries from an economic, political, and national security point of view and discusses where we are today and where we are headed. He takes a particular interest in the economic and national security perspectives (the latter is getting more precarious) and answers the questions, “What should we do?” “Whose fault is it?” and “Can we understand, can we trust?”

  • Living and Doing Business in China from an American Perspective

    Is this a great opportunity or a minefield? The former CEO of Nortel and current chairman of AEA Investors ASIA takes a look at how private companies compete and co-exist with state-owned enterprises in China. Owens posits frequently asked questions like: “Are they Communist?” “Can I trust them?” “Who are they (Buddhist, Atheist, Confucian, Maoist?)” “What will it be like when their economy is larger than ours?” He shares his personal experiences and delivers insights into these and other concerns.

  • A National Security “Walk Around the World.”

    The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff takes his audience on a global tour of the great security risks and the players with the power to effect change. Adm. Bill Owens discusses how old thinking needs to be replaced with a new paradigm and uses the Middle East “post social networking/Arab Spring” as a pointed example. He delivers insights on trouble spots around the world from Egypt, Israel, and Syria to the state of Iraq and Iran post U.S. departure. Owens touches on the question of NATO and whether the U.S. and Europe share a common interest? Finally he reminds audiences to take a hard look at South America and Mexico right in our own back yard.

FAQs on booking Admiral William Owens

  • How to book Admiral William Owens?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Admiral William Owens for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Admiral William Owens, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Admiral William Owens or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Admiral William Owens?

    Booking fees for Admiral William Owens, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Admiral William Owens, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Admiral William Owens?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Admiral William Owens for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Admiral William Owens for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Admiral William Owens or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Admiral William Owens or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Admiral William Owens is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Admiral William Owens for your event is available upon request. Admiral William Owens generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rob Waldo Waldman, Geoffrey Moore, Peter Diamandis, Avi Rubin and Matthew Olsen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Admiral William Owens for an upcoming event.

Admiral William Owens Speaker Videos

  • ADM William "Bill" McRaven's comments on Secretary of Defense ...
    The Future of Innovation: Admiral William A. Owens: TEDxMonroe.mp4

Admiral William Owens Speaking Topics

  • The China-U.S. Relationship

    The China-U.S. relationship may be the most important relationship for the future of the world. Admiral Bill Owens, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a look at the relationship between the two countries from an economic, political, and national security point of view and discusses where we are today and where we are headed. He takes a particular interest in the economic and national security perspectives (the latter is getting more precarious) and answers the questions, “What should we do?” “Whose fault is it?” and “Can we understand, can we trust?”

  • Living and Doing Business in China from an American Perspective

    Is this a great opportunity or a minefield? The former CEO of Nortel and current chairman of AEA Investors ASIA takes a look at how private companies compete and co-exist with state-owned enterprises in China. Owens posits frequently asked questions like: “Are they Communist?” “Can I trust them?” “Who are they (Buddhist, Atheist, Confucian, Maoist?)” “What will it be like when their economy is larger than ours?” He shares his personal experiences and delivers insights into these and other concerns.

  • A National Security “Walk Around the World.”

    The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff takes his audience on a global tour of the great security risks and the players with the power to effect change. Adm. Bill Owens discusses how old thinking needs to be replaced with a new paradigm and uses the Middle East “post social networking/Arab Spring” as a pointed example. He delivers insights on trouble spots around the world from Egypt, Israel, and Syria to the state of Iraq and Iran post U.S. departure. Owens touches on the question of NATO and whether the U.S. and Europe share a common interest? Finally he reminds audiences to take a hard look at South America and Mexico right in our own back yard.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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