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Secretary Gregory Slavonic

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors for ChemResearch Corporation; Former Under Secretary of the Navy (Acting); Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs); Rear Admiral (Retired)

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Secretary Slavonic’s decorated military career along with his other dynamic executive positions have uniquely offered him a wide and varied range of expertise, including intelligence-related military activity and high-level leadership in both public and private sectors.

Slavonic has written four books. His upcoming title “Saddam Hussein: The Beginning of The End” shares an intimate, first-hand perspective on the Hussein tribunal, shedding light on one of our generation’s most fascinating military captures.

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Gregory J. Slavonic is an American government official and retired U.S. Navy officer. He served as Acting Under Secretary of the Navy from April 24, 2020 to January 20, 2021. He previously served as the 18th Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

Secretary Slavonic served as the deputy and principal assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, as well as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Management Officer for the Department of the Navy. Additionally, he oversaw intelligence activities, intelligence-related activities, special access programs, critical infrastructure, and sensitive activities within the Department.

As the Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Slavonic was responsible for the overall supervision and oversight of manpower and reserve component affairs of the Department of the Navy. Prior to joining the Department, he had served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and was Lankford’s last chief while he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Secretary Slavonic retired from the U.S Navy/Navy Reserve after a 34-year career that began with enlisting as a Seaman Recruit and concluded a distinguished career attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. During his Navy career, he held four command assignments, served in combat deployments to Vietnam, Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His final assignment was as the Navy’s Sixth Special Assistant to Chief of Information (CHINFO) and Director of Public Affairs Program (Reserve). The Secretary also served as the co-chair for the design and building of the USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor to remember the 429 Sailors and Marines who served aboard the battleship and lost their lives on December 7, 1941.

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Is the U.S. prepared for the challenges ahead? The United States has always been a maritime nation and will always be, hence the need for a strong Navy to project power around the world. In the presentation, Gregory Slavonic explains how the tumultuous geopolitical atmosphere and great power competition of today means the U.S. must maintain its power. Freedom of navigation has become ever more important, as has diplomacy. Challenges with budget, infrastructure and more represent unresolved issues that can quickly become security risks as China’s threat looms on the horizon.


These remarks are a first-person account of the Iraqi Special Tribunal of the world’s most wanted man: Saddam Hussein, plus eleven close members of his cabinet. Slavonic covers his two-week journey to prepare for the tribunal and provides an inside account of the actual hearing, which included five of the 11 of Iraq’s Most Wanted List. Amongst the wanted were Abid Hamid Mahmud (#4), Ali Hasan al-Majid (“Chemical Ali,” #5), Aziz Saleh al-Numan (#8), Mohamad Hamza al-Zubaydi (#9), Kamal Mustafa Sultan (#10), Tariq Aziz, plus Saddam’s two-half-brothers. Hussein and the others appeared one-at-a-time in the courtroom. It would be the last time all 12 men would ever be together again.


This presentation can include visual media and is a verbal accompaniment to Slavonic’s upcoming book, Saddam Hussein: The Beginning of the End.


In this inspiring presentation, Slavonic shares his experience visiting one of the most historical archeological sites in the world: Babylon, a city referenced many times in the Bible and considered a treasure to the world. While serving as the first U.S. Navy admiral on the staff of Multinational Force-Iraq, Slavonic visited the historical site of Babylon several times to provide crisis communications perspectives to the area and defuse a potential host-nation issue with a coalition partner. With each visit, he toured Babylon’s wondrous historical marvels, an opportunity which few Americans have. This presentation may include visual media.


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