Brigadier General (retired) Rich Gross, the former Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served over 30 years with the U.S. military as an infantry officer and judge advocate (military attorney). In the latter half of his career, he served as the legal advisor to senior military leaders dealing with extremely challenging issues in complex environments. He was the senior legal advisor for the Joint Special Operations Command. He has multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, including as the chief legal advisor for all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, followed by a tour as the senior legal advisor for US Central Command, the combatant command responsible for all military operations in the Middle East. Rich served his final four years as the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he worked with senior government and military leaders in the Department of Defense and throughout the interagency. He has extensive experience with special operations, multinational operations, counterterrorism, and the interagency. He also served as the senior Department of Defense representative at numerous international conferences, to include the U.S. reports to the UN Human Rights Committee on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Universal Periodic Review, as well as participating in expert meetings with the International Committee of the Red Cross.