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February 2017

The Siege of Mosul: Current US Operations in Iraq

February 22 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

**This event is classified SECRET. Only US military cadets and faculty with secret clearances may attend.** Col. Brett Sylvia, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division, will speak to cadets about current US military operations in Iraq. Sylvia's brigade recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Abstract Thinking in Modern War, with Lt. Gen. (Ret) Joe Martz

February 23 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

Retired Lt. Gen. Joe Martz will speak at this event about abstract thinking, how to practically apply it to military problems in complex terrain on the modern battlefield.

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March 2017

Alternative Tools of Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman

March 3 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

Between early 2013 and early 2014, former NBA all-star Dennis Rodman made several trips to North Korea, meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Rodman will speak about his experiences and what lessons might be learned about alternative tools of diplomacy in dealing with rogue states.

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Gen. (Ret) Stanley McChrystal

March 8 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

Gen. (Ret) Stanley McChrystal served 34 years as an infantry and special forces officer. He commanded the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and USFOR-A in Afghanistan, and served as the director of the Joint Staff, and as the commander of Joint Special Operations Command. Gen. (Ret) McChrystal is the author of Team of Teams. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University.

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Negotiating Counterinsurgency: Michael Baskin

March 28 @ 12:50 pm - 1:45 pm

Michael Baskin will speak about the use of negotiation and mediation in counterinsurgency, specifically discussing the experiences of fortyMarine infantry battalion commanders deployed to five Afghan districts in Helmand province, Afghanistan from 2008 to 2013.

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