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Plenary Speaker


John Nagl



Responsibilities of Citizens and Soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and the Long War

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
1pm, Champ Auditorium


John Nagl
Senior Fellow,
Center for a New American Security

John Nagl is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. A retired US Army officer, his last assignment was as commander of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas, training Transition Teams that embed with Iraqi and Afghan units. Nagl led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A Distinguished Graduate of West Point and a Rhodes Scholar, he earned his doctorate from Oxford University, taught national security studies at West Point, and served as a Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Nagl also earned a Master of the Military Arts and Sciences Degree from the Command and General Staff College, where he earned the George C. Marshall Award.

He is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the writing team that produced the Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. His writing has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, World Affairs, Parameters, Military Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Armor Magazine, and The Field Artillery Journal. Media appearances include National Public Radio, 60 Minutes, Washington Journal, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and profiles in The New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Nagl is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is a proud recipient of the Combat Action Badge.

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