military action. On October 16 2008 Perry was award the Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy. On June 17 2006 Perry gave the featured commencement speech to engineering and science graduates at the University of California Santa Barbara.
He is also a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Among Perry's numerous awards are the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997) Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1998) and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2002) awarded by the Emperor of Japan.