Born and raised in Idaho, Brigadier General (Retired) Amos "Joe" Jordan graduated from West Point in 1946, having served as First Captain. He branched Field Artillery, and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar before serving in the Eighth Army in Korea. In 1955, he returned to USMA as a professor of Social Sciences, eventually receiving his doctorate from Columbia University and becoming department head. Both before and after his retirement from active duty in 1972, he held senior positions in the departments of Defense and State, as well as the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Pacific Forum. In this interview, he discusses meeting President Truman and General Eisenhower at West Point, his years at Oxford, Truman's firing of MacArthur, his return to USMA as a professor, his relationship with Henry Kissinger, the Vietnam War, and his experiences in the Defense and State departments.