Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military HistoryThe USAHEC sponsors a public readings series, the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History. The series features recent works by noted authors on a variety of historical topics. The series honors the memory of Dr. Brooks E. Kleber, former U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Military History (CMH).
Edward M. Almond and the U.S. Army: From the 92nd Infantry Division to the X Corps
Lecture Date: February 6, 2020
Title: Edward M. Almond and the U.S. Army: From the 92nd Infantry Division to the X Corps
Lt. Gen. Edward M. Almond was one of the more controversial leaders in US Army history, but his story is more nuanced than the legends indicate. He commanded the 92nd Infantry Division—one of only two complete African American divisions formed during World War II—and led it through two years of training. He did so in a time when both the Army and American society were segregated, which presented training and stationing challenges. Almond lived by the adage that "units don’t fail, leaders do," but when the 92nd performed poorly in Italy in February 1945, he asserted that it was due to their inferiority as a race. The Almond legends highlight his shortcomings as a leader, but don’t address the maltreatment of all African American Soldiers by a separate but unequal society, and how those cultural mores affected Almond’s perspective. On Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host their very own Senior Historian Dr. Michael Lynch to speak about his new book, Edward M. Almond and the U.S. Army.
The Korean War brought more command opportunity and controversy for Almond. He led the X Corps during the Inchon landing, and successfully attacked into North Korea, but the Chinese counteroffensive in November 1950 changed the nature of the war. The Almond legends address his tactical mistakes and heavy casualties at the Chosin Reservoir, but generally omit his successful evacuation of 100,000 American and Korean Soldiers and Marines, as well as 100,000 civilian refugees from Hungnam. Though he enjoyed more success after the evacuation, his abrasive personality and previous tactical mistakes overshadowed his accomplishments. Since his death, Almond's bigoted views have come to dominate his place in history and overshadow his military achievements. Lynch offers a thorough assessment of this flawed man, yet talented officer, by setting him in the context of his time, showing that he garnered respect for his aggressive leadership, courage in combat, and skill as a trainer.
Dr. Michael E. Lynch is a senior historian and assistant professor at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His personal publications in addition to the present book include "The American Way of Post-War: Drawdowns and their Effects on Readiness" in Drawdown: The Liberty Dilemma (2016) and "'Not Due to Vicious Habits': Local Black Veterans' Struggle for Civil War Pensions" in Black History of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 1860-1936 (2005). He holds a PhD (History) from Temple University, a Graduate Certificate (Public History) from Shippensburg University, an MA (History) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BA (English) from East Tennessee State University. He is also a retired U.S. Army officer and two-time Ironman triathlete. He lives in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, with his wife Machele, son Joseph (17), and daughter Elizabeth, who attends Penn State University-Harrisburg. His other daughter, 2LT Catherine Lynch, is an Engineer Officer at Fort Hood, Texas.
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged American's Founding Father
Lecture Date: November 7, 2019
In 1754, Britain's foreign frontier policy was to protect her North American holdings from encroaching French forts in the Ohio River Valley and Western Pennsylvania. Washington desired a commission as a British Officer, yet he never received the education offered to high-born Virginia men. He believed military merit was the path to attaining his goal. In this lecture, Mr. Stark will examine Washington's failed pursuit of a British officer's commission and how he actually gained experience in diplomacy, command of troops, and selfless service to evolve into the future leader of the American Revolution.
Mr. Peter Stark is a freelance writer and long-time correspondent for the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Outside magazines. His previous published works include New York Times Best Selling book, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, which was a finalist for a PEN USA Literary Award. He also wrote the travel guide, The Last Empty Places: A Past and Present Journey through the Blank Spots on the American Map. Mr. Stark earned his B.A. in Anthropology and English at Dartmouth College and his Masters in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
Gettysburg's Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the "Commanding Ground" Along the Emmitsburg Road
Lecture Date: August 1, 2019
On July 2, 1863, General Robert E. Lee's plan to attack the southern flank of the Federal line on Cemetery Ridge outside Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, crashed upon the strong point defenses of the Army of the Potomac's III Corps commander, Major General Daniel Sickles. Mr. Hessler will explore this ferocious attack and defense of the Peach Orchard based on extensive primary sources and his personal knowledge of the terrain. Hessler relates this microcosm of brutal fighting to the broader scope of the Battle of Gettysburg and explores the controversial action that nearly lost this great battle for the Union Army.
"Rising in Flames: Sherman's March and the Fight for a New Nation"
Lecture Date: May 2, 2019
In this lecture, J.D. Dickey will look at how Sherman's skillful and often brilliant campaigns have been viewed by over 150 years of historiography and then delve deeper into his armies' monumental effect on the politics and society of America. Sherman emancipated slaves, demonstrated the war-fighting skills of new immigrants, and marshaled the efforts of women in thousands of Soldiers' aid societies. As Sherman himself was well aware, the social impact of his campaigns could not be divorced from his military strategy, and more than perhaps any Union general of the Civil War, he faced the scrutiny of an often hostile press corps and opposing politicians when he failed to deliver on either aspect. This lecture will discuss the many competitive pressures Sherman faced and how he managed to craft a winning strategy that owed much to his insight, daring, and perseverance.
J.D. Dickey has been writing American History narratives for 20 years, concentrating on society and culture. His previous book, Empire of Mud, was a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Dickey has also written articles on a broad range of historical, political and travel-related topics for newspapers and magazines, and appeared in media from C-SPAN's Book TV to Public Radio International's program, The Takeaway, as well as lecturing for the New York Historical Society and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, among other organizations.
Strategic and Organizational Issues of the Early American Revolutionary War
Lecture Date: February 7, 2019
LTC Derek Beck's first book, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775, covers the period from the Boston Tea Party to the first running battle which began at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. His second book, which is a sequel to the first and entitled The War Before Independence: 1775-1776, resumes the story with the Battle of Bunker Hill through to Washington’s battle to retake Boston. In this talk, LTC Beck will summarize the timeline of events while highlighting some of the strategic issues faced by military commanders on both sides of the fight. He will also discuss the organizational and logistical issues the new Continental Army faced.
LTC Derek W. Beck is a historian, filmmaker, and an officer in the US Air Force Reserve. He is a current US Army War College resident student. His recent assignments include serving as a senior operations officer at the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, California, and most recently at the Air Force Central Command Headquarters, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, where he supported operations in the Middle East. Derek's two books are on the American Revolution: Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 (Sourcebooks, 2015) and its sequel The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 (Sourcebooks, 2016). LTC Beck holds a master's degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thunder In The Argonne: The Forging of the Modern American ARmy
Lecture Date: August 2, 2018
Supreme Allied Commander Ferdinand Foch ordered the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) to launch an offensive on the Argonne Forest defensive line in a bid to crush the Germans and end the Great War in late September 1918. In this lecture, Dr. Mastriano will recount the AEF's contribution to ending the war through the eyes of American, British, and French leaders and Soldiers. Mastriano will also present the perspective of German defenders at the Argonne Forest, woven with the tales of the heroism of American Soldiers such as Sergeant York and Major Charles Whittlesey of the Lost Battalion. Mastriano will provide frequent anecdotes from individual Doughboys, alongside discussion of the various levels of command decisions contributing to successes or failures in the bloody, yet decisive battle.
Dr. Douglas Mastriano retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army, serving as the Director of Theater Intelligence, Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operation at the U.S. Army War College. His first duty station after commissioning in 1986 was on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment. Mastriano deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm, and again in Afghanistan where he commanded Soldiers from eighteen different nations. In 2014, Mastriano published his first book, the award-winning Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne. Mastriano earned his PhD from the University of New Brunswick and continues to add to the scholarship on the operations of World War I.
The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
Lecture Date: January 31, 2018
Mr. Boot's lecture and book utilize numerous new sources never before used by authors writing about the Vietnam War. He conducted and uncovered dozens of interviews, gained access to previously unknown documents, and even found long-lost love letters to bring together a new look at the dramatic rise and fall of Major General Edward Lansdale. The story casts a new light on the traditional tale of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
Mr. Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. A military historian and foreign policy analyst, he has been called one of "the world's leading authorities on armed conflict" by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Boot is a New York Times best-selling author, a contributing editor to numerous respected publications, and is extremely influential in the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Mr. Boot holds a master's degree in history from Yale University (1992) and a bachelor's degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991).
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb
Lecture Date: November 2, 2017
Bascomb's lecture will provide further depth to the intense historical and scientific research he used to shape his book, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb. Bascomb will breathe life into the fascinating characters at the center of the real-life drama to stop Hitler's most strategic weapon plans. Using untapped primary source material to tell the stories of the soldiers, scientists, and citizens involved with the episode, he will including his own expedition to Norway, where he retraced the steps of the Norwegian saboteurs scaling their way up the 600-foot snow covered cliff to Vemork in the Østlandet Region of Norway.
Upon graduating from Miami University with a dual degree in Economics and English Literature, Bascomb spent several years in Europe as a journalist. With the experience gained in Europe, he worked as an editor for St. Martin's Press before beginning to write full time. Some of his other noted literary works are The Perfect Mile (New York Times best seller), Hunting Eichmann (international bestseller), Red Mutiny (won the United States Maritime Literature Award), The New Cool (optioned by major producer Scott Rudin for film), Higher (featured in a History Channel documentary), and One More Step (New York Times bestseller). Bascomb's works maintain a common theme of bringing voices to ordinary individuals, who happened to engage and act in something extraordinary.
Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor
Lecture Date: August 3, 2017
The American counterattack on Tokyo, known commonly as the "Doolittle Raid," provided a desperately needed morale boost to Americans still reeling from the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission, commanded by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, occurred only four months after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, offering the American people a sense of immediate justice. In his lecture, Scott will discuss the triumphs of the Doolittle Raid and the consequent hope the mission provided to the badly shaken American population. He will also examine the effect the tactically ineffective raid had on the confidence the Japanese people held in their leadership's ability to stop the eventual American onslaught. Finally, Scott will bring to the fore the Soldiers responsible for carrying out the near-suicidal mission to strike fear in Japanese hearts.
James M. Scott is the acclaimed author of three books on American naval history, including The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan and The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship. His most recent work, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor, was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Throughout his career, Scott has been awarded with multiple honors - he is the recipient of the McClatchy Company President's Award, and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association, as well as the 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Wofford College. He is also a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Scott is currently writing a book on the Battle for Manila.
MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific
Lecture Date: May 4, 2017
Prior to the raid on Pearl Harbor, the career of Douglas MacArthur was unknown to most. By the end of 1942, however, General MacArthur was a national hero. In his lecture, Mr. Borneman will discuss MacArthur's relationships with the President and other senior commanders, his work on developing combined operations, and the men he chose for his staff. MacArthur, and the war he fought, will be brought to life, illustrating why Douglas MacArthur remains one of the most intriguing military leaders of the twentieth century.
Mr. Walter Borneman is a prolific author with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Western State College of Colorado (1974, 1975), and a law degree from the University of Denver (1981). Mr. Borneman has won acclaim for many of his books, including Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land (HarperCollins, 2003); 1812: The War That Forged a Nation (HarperCollins, 2004); The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America (HarperCollins, 2006); Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (Random House, 2008); and the national bestseller, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King (Little, Brown, 2012).
Speaking Through Skulls: Objects of Death and their Meanings in the Continental Army
Lecture Date: February 2, 2017
Dr. Lee discovered the topic of understanding reactions to death through studying artifacts while researching Continental Army Soldiers' reactions to a "Golgotha" - a field of skulls and bones - during their 1779 campaign against the Iroquois. When he set out to understand what such objects related to death might have meant to those Soldiers, he discovered a surprising variety of magical beliefs, spiritual connections, and even an ancient Latin curse skull. Although we all die, how we think about death and the afterlife has profound implications for the way we respond to violence and how we use violence ourselves. In his lecture, Dr. Lee will explore how those Soldiers responded to death with their own forms of violence, and also how objects related to death served as means of communication, motivation, and spiritual power in eighteenth-century North America.
Dr. Wayne Lee is the Dowd Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in early modern military history and teaches military history from a full global perspective at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to his work in the classroom, he works with archaeology projects and recently published, Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), from a project in the mountains of northern Albania.
The Psycho Boys of Camp Sharpe
Lecture Date: November 3, 2016
Dr. Beverley Eddy is Professor Emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has authored numerous books, as well as other works, including Camp Sharpe's "Psycho Boys": From Gettysburg to Germany, and Abbeys, Ghosts, and Castles: A Guide to the Folk History of the Middle Rhine. Dr. Eddy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Theatre from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University with both a Masters of Arts in German Literature and a Ph.D. in German Literature, Linguistics, and Scandinavian Literature. She also has courses in Norwegian at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität in Germany and the Universitetet i Oslo in Norway.
Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath
Lecture Date: August 4, 2016
After decades of experience managing the long-term effects of trauma and with the support of his family, Mr. Chuck Newhall has successfully come to terms with his past and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mr. Newhall's story is one of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds and offers a guiding hand to others who are facing challenges on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or back at home.
Mr. Charles W. "Chuck" Newhall III served in Vietnam as commander of an independent infantry platoon, earning decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star V (1st OLC), and Purple Heart. After his tour in Southeast Asia, he earned a Master's in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and an honors degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Newhall is the co-founder of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and has been instrumental in financing the dramatic changes in the health care and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Mr. Newhall is currently working in an advisory capacity for Greensprings Associates, writing and travelling extensively for continuing education.
Building the Perfect Hammer: The Rise of Joint Special Operations Command and What it means for America
Lecture Date: May 5, 2016
Sean D. Naylor, is the author of Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command, the New York Times bestseller, Not A Good Day To Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, and co-authored Clash of Chariots - The Greatest Tank Battles. Mr. Naylor received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1988 and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the same institution in 1990. In 1987 he traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan as a freelance reporter covering the Afghan Mujahedeen, meeting and conversing with Jalaluddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Hamid Karzai, among others. His 2011 series of articles for Army Times about the United States’ secret war in the Horn of Africa won a Military Reporters and Editors prize, while his coverage of 2002's Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan earned him the White House Correspondents Association’s 2003 Edgar A. Poe award for excellence in reporting an issue of regional or national importance.
Never Captured: World War I Black Combats Soldiers and the Fight for Equality
Lecture Date: February 4, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Sammons has served as a professor of history at New York University since 1989. Before joining the faculty at NYU, he taught at the University of Houston, Princeton University, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Sammons also authored a critically acclaimed book titled Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. is a professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Morrow served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1995, before returning to full-time teaching and research. Dr. Morrow received the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2005 for his work as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy, and is a frequent speaker at numerous Army and Department of Defense schools and organizations. Dr. Morrow's most famous work, The Great War in the Air: Military Aircraft from 1909-1921 (1993) is considered the definitive study of air power in World War I.
For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862s
Lecture Date: October 29, 2015
Brian R. McEnany spent years in archives across the country writing his book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862. In this lecture-version of his research, he will focus on sixteen young cadets, as they struggle through their classes while watching the country fall to violent pieces around them. Following these twelve Federal and four Confederate officers onto the battlefield, he uses first person accounts, as well as numerous other primary sources, to give life to their personal alliances, demons, and struggles. Each account not only sheds light on the junior leadership during such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, but also reflects on the senior leadership, national strategy, and the soul of the armies contesting the rights of the Federal government versus the states.
LTC (Ret.) McEnany is a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as an artillery officer in combat in Vietnam, as well as in garrison in Korea, Germany, and in the U.S. He retired as an operations research analyst with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his retirement, he has written several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War.
Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea
Lecture Date: August 6, 2015
Jager is the author of the 2013 book, Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, listed as one of three Best Books of 2013 on Asia and the Pacific in Foreign Affairs, and will focus her upcoming lecture at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on the continuing Korean divide. The book devotes a large space to the Korean War itself and brings readers through its consequences to the present. Jager discusses the power motivations of the U.S. and China to enter the war, and how their roles, among other nations, impact current the division on the peninsula. Jager's predictions about the end of the Korean conflict are offered as well.Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager is a Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. Jager's authorial focus is contemporary Korean politics and history, as shown in her previous publications, Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism (2003) on the effects of gendered tropes on Korean modernity, and Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia (2007) about the major reassessment East Asian states' underwent following the end of the Cold War. Jager received her PhD from the University of Chicago, and now directs the East Asian program at Oberlin College in addition to teaching. Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager resides with her husband and children in Ohio.
Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army chaplain and the trial of the Nazis
Lecture Date: May 7, 2015
Tim Townsend, formerly the religion reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, holds master's degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Divinity School. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. In 2005, 2011, and 2013, he was named Religion Reporter of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association, the highest honor on the "God beat" at American newspapers. He recently joined the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project as a senior writer and editor in Washington, D.C.
Success Amidst Disaster: Connecticut in the Great Narragansett War (King Philip's War) 1675-1676
Lecture Date: February 5, 2015
Major Jason Warren graduated from West Point in 1999 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. He served as a Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer with the 10th Military Police Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Warren received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professor of History at West Point. In 2012 and 2013, Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a strategist and the Director, Concepts and Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.
Exposing the Third Reich, Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany
Lecture Date: November 6, 2014
In his latest book, Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler's Germany, Colonel (Ret.) Henry Gole presents an essential look at one of the many unsung heroes of World War II against the backdrop of the tempestuous history of Germany in the mid-20th century. Gole explores both Col. Smith's fascinating career gathering key intelligence behind the scenes in Hitler's Germany, and Smith's professional career and personal life before and during the Third Reich. Gole goes on to recount the story of this virtually unknown U.S. Army officer and his key role in the development of U.S military planning before and during World War II. Gole's work is a great contribution to the historiography of U.S.-German relations and American military thinking about Germany's strengthening positing in the years before the Second World War.
Henry G. Gole., USA (Ret.), Ph.D., a former Green Beret, fought in Korea and served two tours in Vietnam as a Special Forces officer. He has taught at West Point, the U.S. Army War College, the University of Maryland, Dickinson College, and Franklin & Marshall College. Some of his published work includes, The Road to Rainbow: Army Planning for Global War, 1934-1940 and Soldiering: Observations from Korea, Vietnam, and Safe Places.
China in World War II: New History; New Perspectives for Today
Lecture Date: August 7, 2014
Richard B. Frank is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri. Following graduation, Mr. Frank spent four years in the United States Army, during which time he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. In 1990, he published his first book, Guadalcanal, and completed his second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, in 1999. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Mr. Frank is the winner of both the William Greene Award and Harry S. Truman Book Award. He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945.
Life and Times of Bill Mauldin
Lecture Date: May 1, 2014
Dr. Todd DePastino holds a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and teaches at Waynesburg University. The winner of the 2008 Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. DePastino also authored several books, including Commissioned in Battle: A Combat Infantryman in the Pacific, Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America, and The Road by Jack London. Dr. DePastino wrote his dissertation on the history of homelessness and turned it into a book, winning the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship award for his efforts. Bill Mauldin: A Life Upfront is an Eisner Award finalist and took the Sperber Prize for the best biography of a major media figure.
Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War
Lecture Date: February 6, 2014
Dr. Peter Mansoor currently serves as the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History at Ohio State University and is a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army. During a military career spanning twenty-six years, he held distinguished positions and honors such as Valedictorian of his graduating class at West Point, a variety of command and staff positions throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East, and service with the Joint Staff as the special assistant to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy. His military career culminated with his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-2008. In addition to his most recent book, Mansoor has published Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq (Yale University Press) and GI Offensive in Europe: the Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941 - 1945 (University Press of Kansas).
The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces
Lecture Date: November 7, 2013
Dr. Faulkner is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Previously, he taught American History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in American History from Kansas State University, Dr. Faulkner served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. While with the Army, he served twenty-three years as an armor officer during which he commanded a tank company during Operation Desert Storm.
American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media
Lecture Date: August 1, 2013
Lisa Mundey received her doctoral degree from Kansas State University and is currently an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. She is interested in modern American military history, particularly during the Cold War, and in the military's relationship with the American people. In addition to her book, American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media, she has published "Citizen-Soldiers or Warriors: Language for a Democracy," in Semiotics 2008, and "The Civilianization of a Nuclear Weapon Effects Test: Operation ARGUS" is forthcoming in the Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences. She has served on the editorial advisory board for ABC-Clio's The Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: A Social, Political, and Military History . As a historian with the U.S. Army's Center for Military History, she has researched the U.S. Army's recent history in Afghanistan.(2010).
Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship
Lecture Date: May 2, 2013
Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam
Lecture Date: February 7, 2013
The Good Soldiers
Lecture Date: May 3, 2012
Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done: A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War
Lecture Date: February 2, 2012
Nevertheless, the Regular Army played several critically important roles, notably providing leaders and exemplars for the Volunteers, bolstering Union forces in both attack and defense, and managing the administration and logistics of the entire Union Army. In this first comprehensive study of the Regular Army in the Civil War, Newell and Shrader focus primarily on the organizational history of the Regular Army and how it changed as an institution during the war, to emerge afterward as a reorganized and permanently expanded force. Clayton R.
Newell and Charles R. Shrader both finished their military careers as chief of the Historical Services Division at the U.S. Army Center of Military History and are now independent scholars and historical consultants. Newell is the author or editor of several books, including The Framework of Operational Warfare and Lee vs. McClellan: The First Campaign. Shrader has also written or edited a number of books, including Amicicide: The Problem of Friendly Fire in Modern War, and The Muslim-Croat Civil War in Central Bosnia: A Military History, 1991-1994.
War in the Ruins: The American Army's Final Battle Against Nazi German
Lecture Date: November 3, 2011
Carrying the War to the Enemy, American Operational Art to 1945
Lecture Date: May 12, 2011
The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnam's Generals
Lecture Date: February 3, 2011
Dr. Conrad Crane interview with Dr. Lewis Sorley
Lecture Date: February 3, 2011
The Lucky Bastards Club: Letters from a B-17 Pilot and His Family
Lecture Date: November 4, 2010
Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War
Lecture Date: August 5, 2010
Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915
Lecture Date: May 6, 2010
Richard L. DiNardo has a B.A. in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY); and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY. DiNardo taught German History and Russian History at Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, from 1994-1996. DiNardo assumed his present position with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998. His first book was Mechanised Juggernaut or Military Anachronism?: Horses and the German Army in World War II, and he published Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse, in 2005. He is also the author of Germany’s Panzer Arm. DiNardo co-edited The Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815, and James Longstreet: The Man, the Soldier, the Controversy, and has published numerous scholarly articles. This lecture is based on his latest book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign 1915, due out in June, 2010.
Vietnam, The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945 - 1975
Lecture Date: February 4, 2010
Stepping back from this overheated fray and drawing upon several decades of research John Prados takes a fresh look at both the war and the debates about it to produce a reassessment of one of our nation's most tragic episodes. He weaves together multiple perspectives across an epic-sized canvas where domestic politics, ideologies, nations, and militaries all collide.
Prados patiently pieces back together the events and moments, from the end of World War II until our dispiriting departure from Vietnam in 1975, that reveal a war that now appears to have been truly unwinnable—due to opportunities lost, missed, ignored, or refused. He shows how—from the Truman through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations—American leaders consistently ignored or misunderstood the realities in Southeast Asia and passed up every opportunity to avoid war in the first place or avoid becoming ever more mired in it after it began. Highlighting especially Ike's seminal and long-lasting influence on our Vietnam policy, Prados demonstrates how and why our range of choices narrowed with each passing year, while our decision-making continued to be distorted by Cold War politics and fundamental misperceptions about the culture, psychology, goals, and abilities of both our enemies and our allies in Vietnam.
John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive at George Washington University. His numerous books include “Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975” (2009) on which this lecture is based; The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War, The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, and most recently Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA .
Ambivalent Occupation: The American Presence in Korea, Then and Now
Lecture Date: October 29, 2009
Lecture Date: August 27, 2009
Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War 1874 - 1945
Lecture Date: May 7, 2009
To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne , 1918
Lecture Date: February 5, 2009
The Politics of Soldier Voting
Lecture Date: October 30, 2008
Borrowed Soldiers: A Story of the Anglo-American Relationship in the First World War
Lecture Date: May 1, 2008
The Regulars: The American Army: 1898-1941
Lecture Date: November 1, 2007
Allies in War: Britain and America Against the Axis Powers, 1940- 1945
Lecture Date: June 7, 2007
Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group
Lecture Date: May 4, 2006
Perspectives in Military History Lecture SeriesThe USAHEC sponsors a monthly public lecture series, "Perspectives in Military History," which provides a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting institutions of Landpower.
Berlin 1945: The Halt on the Elbe and Redeployment to the Pacific
Lecture Date: April 22, 2021
D. M. Giangreco served over 20 years as an editor for Military Review at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. He later served as the Editor and Publications Director at the Foreign Military Studies Office. An award-winning author of fourteen books on military and sociopolitical subjects, he has also written extensively for numerous national and international publications as well as news agencies. Among his awards is the Society for Military History's Moncado Prize for "Casualty Projections for the US Invasions of Japan, 1945-1946: Planning and Policy Implications" in the Journal of Military History.
How to Think Like an Officer: The Officer as Visionary
Lecture Date: March 11, 2021
On March 11, 2021 at 6:30PM EST, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania welcomed author and scholar Dr. Reed Bonadonna as he presented his lecture, How to Think Like an Officer: The Officer as Visionary. In this lecture, Dr. Bonadonna argued that the military officer corps functions as a collective repository of knowledge of the nature of armed conflict, causes and consequences, and of peace and victory. An officers' education and experience, combined with reflection, can equip them for visionary thought, a form of thinking that can enhance their role as a serving officer and as a citizen. He discussed a variety of facets of this topic, including careful consideration of the past and future, death and the officer, the "ethical turn," the problem of political engagement, the officer's dreams, and peace and conflict studies. He also examined the ways in which history and literature provide examples of the officer-as-visionary.
Dr. Reed Bonadonna received his doctorate in English from Boston University and completed continuing education in leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer from 1979 to 1988, and was deployed for peacekeeping operations in Lebanon. As a Marine Corps reservist, he served 20 years as a company commander, operations officer, liaison to the Naval War College Wargaming Center, and as a field historian in Iraq. He has taught at several institutions, including as adjunct for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he was director of ethics and character development. He is a senior fellow for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the author of numerous works on military leadership and ethics.
Responsible AI as Process, Not Product
Lecture Date: February 18, 2021
On February 18, 2021, at 6:30 PM EST, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in coordination with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, welcomed Dr. David Danks, who presented a live-streamed lecture via ZOOM that explored the critically important topic of military applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ethical questions that arise with the idea of "responsible AI." He addressed the increasing focus on ethical & responsible AI, particularly in defense and security contexts. He cited, as an example, that many organizations (including the U.S. Department of Defense) now have principles for ethical & responsible use of AI. In this talk, Dr. Danks provided a short history of military AI ethics discussions and looked carefully at the nature of "responsible AI," with a particular focus on military uses. He argued that we should focus on the processes and practices that we use to design, develop, and deploy AI-enabled systems, rather than fine-grained technical details of the systems themselves.
Dr. David Danks is L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of the Department of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the Chief Ethicist of Carnegie Mellon University's Block Center for Technology & Society; co-director of Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity (IDeaS); and SGE for the Ethics Line of Effort of the National Security Commission on AI. Dr. Danks has examined the ethical, psychological, and policy issues around AI and robotics in transportation, healthcare, privacy, and security. He is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, as well as an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He received an A.B. in Philosophy from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego.
The Partnership that Almost Won the Civil War: Lee, Jackson, and the Confederate Strategy in the East
Lecture Date: April 15, 2020
Broken Lives and Shattered Bones, Discovering a Field Hospital at Manassas Battlefield
Lecture Date: October 16, 2019
At Manassas National Battlefield Park in 2014, archeologists monitoring a utility trench excavation observed bone fragments scattered across the soil. Park officials ordered further archaeological excavations in 2015, resulting in the discovery of the remains of a Union field hospital surgeon’s pit dating to the Battle of Second Manassas. Archeologists recovered the nearly-complete remains of two Union soldiers, along with eleven amputated arms and legs. The unprecedented discovery is the first of its kind on a Civil War battlefield and has greatly expanded archaeologists' understanding of the decisions made by surgeons on who could, and could not, be saved.
Superintendent Brandon Bies of the Manassas National Battlefield Park has managed the park since March 2017. Prior to this, he served as the legislative coordinator for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Bies was also the Site Manager of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, where he oversaw planning for a $12.35M rehabilitation made possible by philanthropist David Rubenstein. Bies began his work in national parks as an archeologist at Monocacy National Battlefield, and was the Cultural Resources Specialist for the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Site Manager of Great Falls Park. He holds bachelor's degrees in American History and Anthropology and a master's degree in Applied Anthropology.
The British are Coming (The Revolution Trilogy, Book 1
Lecture Date: September 18, 2019
In his new book, Atkinson describes the events and personal stories of the men and women fighting for control of the North American continent. He combines in-depth research on the politics of British sovereignty from the British Royal Archives, with the hard-scrabble personal accounts of American fighters, from the lowest private to the most powerful generals. This first installment of a new trilogy on the American Revolution covers the causes of the war from the initial fighting at Lexington and Concord, General George Washington’s defeats near Boston and New York City, the triumph and tragedy of the campaigns in Canada, and concludes with Washington's victories at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.
Mr. Rick Atkinson received his Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and worked as an editor and correspondent for the Washington Post for twenty-five years. Atkinson earned the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2003 for An Army at Dawn, his first book in The Liberation Trilogy. He followed with two New York Times Best Sellers, The Day of Battle and The Guns at Last Light. Atkinson received the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for National Reporting, and has published numerous award-winning books spanning topics such as West Point and the war in Iraq.
"Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War
Lecture Date: August 21, 2019
By August of 1964, the United States government had already sent over 23,000 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors to Vietnam as advisors and security for the South Vietnamese armed forces. On August 4th, the rising tensions came to a head when American Naval forces were allegedly attacked by marauding North Vietnamese torpedo boats. On the 5th, American forces retaliated with airstrikes against military targets in North Vietnam, leading to a rapid escalation of tensions. The information surrounding the events, later called "The Gulf of Tonkin Incident," led the U.S. Congress and the president to put forth a resolution increasing the American presence to more than 180,000 troops. Looking at the most current evidence and personal interviews, Dr. Edwin Moise asks, was there really an attack in the first place? Was the escalation based on mistaken intelligence, or was it an excuse for increased American participation in the war?
Dr. Edwin E. Moise is a professor of history at Clemson University, and earned his B.A. in History from Harvard University. He earned his M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. Dr. Moise has published multiple books on the Vietnam War and other Asian topics, including a text book on Modern Chinese History in 2013, The A to Z of the Vietnam War in 2005, and The Myths of Tet: The Most Misunderstood Event of the Vietnam War in 2017. Dr. Moise began his academic career as a political and economic historian of China and Vietnam, but has recently specialized in the Vietnam War. Dr. Moïse has spoken for numerous universities, societies, and museums over the past twenty years.
"Dispatched of D-Day: A People's History of the Normandy Invasion"
Lecture Date: July 17, 2019
Using hundreds of reports, personal letters, and newspaper articles, Mr. Frederick will chronicle how the "great crusade" transformed the world. His sources span personal letters of Soldiers scaling the steep cliffs under vicious fire to the brave newspaper and radio correspondents who struggled to record the day's harrowing events for an apprehensive public. Included with the accounts of Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen, Dispatches of D-Day also explores the stories of clergy, civil rights advocates, and even children involved in the attack on the Atlantic Wall.
Jared Frederick received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s in History from West Virginia University. He is an avid Civil War and World War II living historian and has served as a seasonal park ranger at both Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Frederick has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, PBS, C-Span, and Pennsylvania Cable Network to educate a wide public audience on the history of Pennsylvania, the Civil War, and World War II. He is currently an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona in addition to his role as the president of the non-profit Blair County Historical Society.
RAMPAGE: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
Lecture Date: April 17, 2019
After the fall of the Philippines, the conquering Japanese forces systematically subjugated the islands, turning life into a daily struggle for American Soldiers in prisoner of war camps and daily atrocities for the Filipino people. The U.S. Navy, Marines, and Army gradually turned the tide in the Pacific, and MacArthur was prepared to make good on his promise to liberate the population and Soldiers trapped under the Japanese boot heel. Scott's lecture will describe the political, military, and personal decisions made during the Battle of Manilla by General MacArthur and his nemesis, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, leading to the near destruction of the Filipino capital city and over 100,000 civilian deaths.
James M. Scott is the acclaimed author of three books on American naval history, including The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan and The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel's Deadly Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship. His recent work, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor, was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Throughout his career, Scott has been awarded with multiple honors - he is the recipient of the McClatchy Company President's Award, and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association, as well as the 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Wofford College. He is also a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
"Smashing Hitler’s Panzers: The Defeat of the Hitler Youth Panzer Division during the Battle of the Bulge"
Lecture Date: March 27, 2019
Mr. Steven Zaloga will outline his argument that the German offensive through the Ardennes Forest, known as the "Battle of the Bulge," hinged on the first days of the attack. The only Americans to hold their section of the line capitalized on German planning mistakes pushing back one of the primary components of the attack, the 12th SS Panzer Division. The failure of the 12th in the battles of Krinkelterwald, Krinkelter-Rocherath, and Dom Butenbach against portions of three U.S. Army infantry divisions was essential to the German defeat, well before the fighting at Bastogne.
Mr. Steven Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College in New York, his MA in history from Columbia University, and completed his graduate work at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He has been involved in defense studies since 1978 and has been a senior analyst at Teal Group Corp. in Fairfax, VA since 1992. He has served as adjunct staff with the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses and is the author of numerous books on military history and military technology, including extensive publications on tank and armored vehicle development, as well as World War II military history. Some of his recent books include The Devil’s Garden, about the German defense of Omaha Beach on D-Day, and Patton vs. the Panzers about the Lorraine campaign in September 1944.
Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy
Lecture Date: October 17, 2018
From France's crippling defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 to the forced reunification between North and South in 1975, parts of the former French colony of Vietnam pushed back even the greatest powers of the world. The decades of war inflicted a huge material and human price on the Western powers, but the greatest cost inflicted by the war was suffered by the Vietnamese people themselves. Both North and South Vietnamese were forced to endure tyrannical and incompetent governments. For every American who died there, forty Vietnamese perished. When the U.S. pulled out of South Vietnam, the entire nation fell to Communist rule. The world remembers Americaâ€™s excesses, immortalized in gritty photography and the anti-war movement, yet forgets the vicious acts of terrorism carried out against the Vietnamese people by the Communists. Sir Max Hastings spent three years collecting accounts from both sides of the war and gathered the testimonies of people from many walks of life, both soldier and civilian. Giving no undue praise to either side, Hastings masterfully depicts the cost of misused martial power in complex cultural and political issues that reject simple answers.
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist, and once editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph. He has published twenty-six books, and has reported on eleven conflicts as foreign correspondent for the BBC, most notably Vietnam and the Falklands. In 1982, he was Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards, as well as Editor of the Year in 1988. In 2012 the Pritzker Military Library of Chicago presented him its $100,000 Literary Award for lifetime achievement in military writing.
Home Front to Battlefront The GI View of World War II
Lecture Date: July 18, 2018
Carl Lavin's story is a reflection of the experiences of most of the young men and women who were thrust into the horrors of combat in Europe in World War II. Carl Lavin's papers and recollections cover his reaction to the experiences of military life, from intense combat to the idiocies of military bureaucracy. Frank Lavin's unfettered access to Carl's life story adds a richness to the scholarship on World War II.
Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of the e-commerce firm Export Now. He earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service (Georgetown); an M.S. in Chinese Language and History (Georgetown); an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins); and an M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School (Pennsylvania). Working for the U.S. Government, Lavin served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001 to 2005 and as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005-2007. Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs from 1987-89. He is currently a columnist for Forbes.com and has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other periodicals.
What Have We Done? The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars
Lecture Date: April 18, 2018
David Wood is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and has more than 35 years as a war correspondent. Wood's series on severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He has reported for Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service, the Baltimore Sun, and AOL's Politics Daily and has been honored with the prestigious Prix de Bayeux-Calvados, the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Joe Galloway Award by the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Defense Reporting.
An American on the Western Front: The Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber
Lecture Date: February 21, 2018
Patrick Gregory and Elizabeth Nurser compiled and edited the letters of American Soldier Arthur Clifford Kimber to tell the story of his experiences, exploits, and the tragedy he saw firsthand on the killing fields of France during World War I. The letters create a stark and detailed story of a young man who finds himself forced into the heroism shown by countless Soldiers across the largest war the world had ever seen. From insight on the war preparation in New York City to personal contact with none other than Theodore Roosevelt himself, Kimber depicts the horror of war mixed with his own integration into the grind of a combat zone.
Mr. Patrick Gregory has spent most of his career in journalism, covering world events for the BBC for over 30 years, before moving on to the job of News Editor and then Managing Editor for the BBC's Political Programmes Department. He also produced several documentaries for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4, before authoring An American on the Western Front. His co-author, Elizabeth Nurser, is Arthur Kimber's niece. She moved from California, USA, to Cambridge, UK, in the 1950s as a Fulbright Scholar. She worked as a copy editor and editor for Cambridge University Press, Melbourne University Press, and Faber & Faber, before opening her own publishing house.
Through the Valley, My Captivity in Vietnam
Lecture Date: November 15, 2017
Dr. William Reeder was the last U.S. Army prisoner captured in the Vietnam War, and his story is one of courage, hope, and survival. In 1971, Reeder was already an accomplished pilot, having flown secret missions deep into enemy territory on his first tour. He returned as a helicopter pilot flying a Cobra Attack Helicopter, but believed the Americans had beaten the Viet Cong, and were passing everything to the South Vietnamese Army. As the 1972 Easter Offensive raged several months into his second tour, he was providing support to forces at the besieged base of Ben Het, when his chopper went down in a flaming corkscrew. Reeder survived the crash, and evaded the enemy for three days, before finally being captured and held in jungle cages for weeks. After which, he endured a grueling forced march on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, costing the lives of seven of the POWs in his small group of twenty-seven.
Dr. William Reeder is a training and leader development consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. He spends parts of each year teaching at the NATO SOF School at Chievres Air Base, Belgium. He is a retired colonel and a thirty-year Army veteran, with two tours of duty in Vietnam. He has in excess of three thousand hours of flight time, including more than one thousand hours in combat. He is the recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry, two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism, and three Bronze Star Medals. In 1977, he was named Army Aviator of the Year and was inducted into the U.S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he was chosen as the Naval Institute's "Author of the Year."
The Custer Conundrum: Exploring Leadership and the Contradictory Life of George Armstrong Custer
Lecture Date: October 18, 2017
Brevet Major General of U.S. Volunteers during the Civil War and later, a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, George A. Custer was a highly skilled tactician and inspiring figure in battle, but failed to manage his men well in non-kinetic settings, whether in Texas in 1865-66 or on the Great Plains over the next decade. He also developed a problematic reputation within the army that complicated his relationship with his superiors, who often assumed the worst about him. Custer's career sheds light on the U.S. Army itself, and its role in the transitional time during the push west across the continent in the Post-Civil War years. The Army represented the leading edge of modernization in the United States, introducing finely articulated organization, professionalization, and technical expertise into an individualistic country that was transforming into a corporate, organizational economy and society. Custer was both a highly trained professional-a technical expert-and a romantic individualist; his volatile nature emphasizes the broader themes of this transition. His self-destructive tendencies lead to a story, which highlights the peculiar demands the Army faced in conflict with Native peoples on the Great Plains.
Mr. Stiles is an award-winning author and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2010 and for history in 2016. He graduated from Carleton College with distinction in history and received his Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees from Columbia University. He worked alongside top American historians at Oxford University Press, before starting his extensive writing career publishing, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.
Public Honor and Private Thoughts, Civil War Soldiers in Their Own Words
Lecture Date: September 20, 2017
The Civil War was the first major war in the Postal Age of mass communications and mass literacy. The war saw millions of Americans take to letter writing as the means of maintaining an informational and emotional link to loved ones at home. Through their letters, Civil War Soldiers articulated their feelings, opinions, and observations about their experiences. These letters made it clear that these men fought for more than cause, country, or their brothers in arms. In their hearts and on paper, they nurtured the desire to both win the war, and to perform honorably and known to the public as having done so. Yet in their private letters, these same Soldiers articulated their vulnerabilities, their admissions of doubt and despair, their innermost emotional life, and their revulsion at war and its horrors. For the men who penned these letters, sentimentality or lack of control was considered effeminate or a sign of masculine weakness. Behind the seal of closed envelopes, Civil War Soldiers lived a life they could not share publically, and Soldiers were left to their own devices to maintain the security of their private thoughts, and by extension, their social reputation and public standing.
Dr. L. Bao Bui received his doctorate in history in 2016 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his dissertation examined the culture of letter-writing during the Civil War. At the University of Illinois and at Ball State University, he has taught courses on American history, foreign policy, military history, human rights, film and social media, food politics, and gender studies. He is a past recipient of the USAHEC's General Matthew B. Ridgway Grant.
The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West
Lecture Date: July 19, 2017
As the great Civil War ended, the expanding United States relied on the Army to both spearhead westward expansion and protect the industry and culture frontiersmen brought with them. The push west sparked a three-decade war with the Native Americans, who sought to defend their traditions, their lands, and their lives. In his talk, which will be enhanced with a vividly illustrated PowerPoint, Cozzens will examine and debunk the most pervasive and pernicious of the myths surrounding the Indian Wars. He also will address the nature and limitations of the U.S. Army during the era of the Indian Wars, a period he believes represents the nadir of the American military establishment.
Peter Cozzens has written or edited seventeen books about the American West and the American Civil War. His writings include This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga, among others. His most recent book, The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, published in 2016, was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top ten history books of 2016, and received the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History. Aside from writing, Cozzens has also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, and is a recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award. Prior to his work with the Department of State, Cozzens served as an Army officer for four years.
Elvis's Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield
Lecture Date: May 17, 2017
To reinforce the changes the Army was making to how it presented its reaction to the nuclear threat, they drafted Elvis Presley in 1958. Elvis quickly became a model Soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age. The Army of the 1950s was America's most racially and economically egalitarian institution, providing millions with education and opportunity. With the cooperation of both the Army and the media, military service became part of this generation’s identity, a common theme in television, music, and movies. Dr. Linn traces the origins, evolution, and ultimate failure of the Army's attempt to transform itself for atomic warfare, revealing its vital role in the making of Cold War America.
Brian McAllister Linn is the Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the author of five books on American military history, including Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940 (1997). The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (2000), The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War (2007), and Elvis's Army: GIs and the Atomic Battlefield (2016). He has published widely and given numerous international lectures on the American Way of War, counterinsurgency, and the U.S. Army. He has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Birmingham, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship, and the Bosch Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. In 1999-2000, he was the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College.
Lying to Ourselves, Dishonesty in the Army Profession
Lecture Date: April 19, 2017
In February 2015, Drs. Wong and Gerras published an extensive study outlining the deception occurring at all levels of the Army's leadership in response to the pressure officers are placed under to report success in their unit, even when success does not necessarily exist. In response to their study, the authors offer solutions to change the culture in the Army and the military as a whole. In this lecture, the authors will outline the issue, offer solutions, and review the impact their 2015 study had on the U.S. Army in the two years since publication.
Dr. Leonard Wong is a research professor for SSI at the USAWC, focusing on the human and organizational dimensions of the military. He is a retired Army officer, whose career includes teaching leadership at West Point and serving as an analyst for the Chief of Staff of the Army. Dr. Wong’s work has been highlighted in multiple news media outlets, and he holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Stephen Gerras is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management at the USAWC. His 25 year Army career included commanding a light infantry company and a transportation battalion, teaching leadership at West Point, and serving as the Chief of Operations and Agreements for the Office of Defense Cooperation in Ankara, Turkey. He holds a B.S. from USMA, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Penn State University.
Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense
Lecture Date: February 15, 2017
In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson will use never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower's personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan's politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan's hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America's future.
Dr. Gene Kopelson is a cancer physician and former director of one of Yale University's cancer centers. He is a prominent speaker on radiation oncology and an accomplished scholar and historian. Dr. Kopelson is the president of the New England Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and a holocaust educator. His book has received rave reviews from former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, numerous Reagan and Eisenhower historians, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and Newsmax. Kopelson has spoken at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, the Stanford University Hoover Institution's combined lecture with The Heritage Foundation, The Institute for World Politics, and the Discovery Institute.
The Problem with Preemptive War: Soviet Mobilization Planning, 1938-1941
Lecture Date: January 18, 2017
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Dr. Richard W. Harrison will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania based on his years of research on the Russian plan to invade Nazi-occupied Poland. He will break down the Russian plan and tie his conclusions to todays' preemptive warfare theory. The lecture will open with a brief review of previous Soviet mobilization plans as they developed in 1938 and throughout World War II. The early plans were defensive in nature and tasked the Red Army, due to its slower pace of mobilization, to absorb the initial enemy attack, followed by a counterstroke to pulverize the Nazi menace. The idea of a massive counteroffensive gradually evolved into the preemptive attack plan of 1941, carrying the high command's desire to push through southeastern Poland, followed by an advance into Germany. The lecture will examine the forces allotted for the preemptive attack, the route of their projected advance, and the interplay of personalities among the plan's authors and Stalin. Dr. Harrison will conclude with a discussion of the strategy's utility and the lingering consequences of some of its component parts during the first weeks of the war.
Dr. Richard W. Harrison received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London in 1994. He spent several years studying and working in the Soviet Union and Russia, specializing in the development of the Red Army's military theory between the world wars. Dr. Harrison has written two books on this subject: The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940 (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson (McFarland & Co., 2010). He is also the translator and editor of several major studies of the Red Army's major operations during World War II.
Battlefield Death, Censored Imagery, and Home Front Morale in World War II
Lecture Date: November 16, 2016
Dr. James J. Kimble is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts at Seton Hall University and, in early 2016, a Fulbright Scholar at Croatia's University of Rijeka. Dr. Kimble earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, and researches domestic propaganda, war rhetoric, and visual imagery. He is the author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (2006), and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (2014), as well as the writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II. Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Chaplain Center and School and was a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. He has been recognized by the National Communication Association with the Gerald R. Miller Award and the Karl R. Wallace Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Discourse. His newest book project (co-edited with Trischa Goodnow) is called, The 10cent War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II, due to be published in early 2017.
INVASION: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915
Lecture Date: October 19, 2016
Richard L. DiNardo is Professor for National Security Affairs at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). DiNardo then attended the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, receiving his Masters of Philosophy and his Ph.D. degrees in History in 1985 and 1988, respectively. DiNardo assumed his present position with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998, and has an extensive record of publication. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited seven books on topics ranging from German military history, to the American Civil War, to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. His most recent work, Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, published by Praeger, appeared in 2015 following his previous book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915, also published by Praeger, in 2010. One of DiNardo's earlier publications, Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse, published by the University of Kansas Press in 2005, is part of the required reading in a course on coalition warfare at the Air War College. Aside from books, he also has published an extensive number of articles on a variety of topics in scholarly journals and professional military publications.
Lecture Date: September 21, 2016
As the Second World War turned into a total war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt found his ability to expertly deal with Congress and the press did not translate into running a conflict on such a grand scale. He turned to his high command, a three-sided team in constant, but effective, conflict with each other and all of the Allies’ powerful players. The team included Secretary of War Henry Stimson, whose forward thinking pushed new weapons and industry, General George C. Marshal, who built the Army that saved the world, and Admiral Ernest J. King, who handled the Japanese, General MacArthur, and the British to conduct a campaign in the Pacific which resulted in unconditional victory. The triumvirate was by no means without conflict: Soldiers and politicians clashed as the Army and Navy learned to work together. Despite the trials, the team set aside personal, political, and professional differences to lead America and the Allies through four years of bitter, unrelenting warfare and ultimately, to victory.
Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II, the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, and the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. His writing has appeared in World War II Magazine, Armchair General, Military History, World War II History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.
The Leadership of African American Generals
Lecture Date: July 20, 2016
The officers Dr. Jones will discuss developed their leadership styles in the 1960's and 70's when turbulent and violent racial tensions in the United States were a very real threat to the stability of the U.S. Army. These officers' leadership practices demonstrated their resolve to accomplish their mission, while simultaneously advancing racial equality in the service. Failure was never an option; these Soldiers steadfastly believed they had to be the best in order to be considered successful.
Dr. Jimmie Jones is a retired U.S. Army colonel and author of the recently published book Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992). His 26 years as an Air Defense Artillery officer led to his command of an Air Defense Artillery Patriot Missile Battalion, after which he continued his career as an assignment and professional development officer in the Army Military Personnel Center. Dr. Jones was the Personnel Director for the Army National Guard, followed by a career in education, including positions as a college professor and a school principal. Dr. Jones earned the NCAACP's Wilkins Meritorious Service Award in 2003, after which the City of Las Vegas proclaimed April 6, 2006 be recognized as "Dr. Jimmie Jones Day." Dr. Jones earned degrees from several institutions, which include a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Master's degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
China vs Vietnam, 1979, Continuing Implications
Lecture Date: June 15, 2016
Drawing upon newly available Chinese sources, the lecture will be based on Dr. Zhang's new book, Deng Xiaoping's Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991. The text attempts to address the question of why these two countries went to war against each other after many years of "brother plus comrade" relations. It retraces the thirteen years of hostility between China and Vietnam, arguing that the intimate, two-decade relationship was far more fragile than it appeared. Dr. Zhang's talk will cover how China made the decision to go to war against Vietnam, and how their decision affects security in the region today.
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang is professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College, teaching strategy and subjects on China and East Asia. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in history from the University of Iowa in 1994, and taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M International University, prior to joining the Air War College. Dr. Zhang is the author of over twenty articles and chapters on Chinese military involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Sino-Soviet relations during these conflicts. His writings have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Security Studies, and The Journal of Military History. The Society for Military History has twice selected him to receive the Moncado Prize for excellence in the writing of military history. His current research focuses on America's and China’s South China Sea policy from a historical perspective.
Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I
Lecture Date: May 18, 2016
Based on his recent book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershings's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I, Dr. Mitchell Yockelson will lecture on General Pershing's leadership during the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne. The talk will center on Pershing's management of the American Expeditionary Forces' First Army during the struggle. He will discuss how, through excellent leadership, the Americans accomplished what the French and British failed to do over the preceding four years: beat the Germans.
Dr. Mitchell Yockelson is the author of Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I; Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918; MacArthur: America's General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox News, PBS, and the History Channel. He has received the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award and earned his doctorate from the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, in the United Kingdom. Yockelson is an investigative archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, historical advisor to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, and former professor of military history at the United States Naval Academy. He leads World War I battlefield tours for the Smithsonian Journeys and New York Times Journeys series, and frequently lectures on military history.
Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: The Origins and Impact of Plan Colombia
Lecture Date: April 20, 2016
In her new book, Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policy Making in Colombia, Dr. Tate discusses how more than 80 percent of the assistance provided by the U.S. through Plan Colombia was military aid, despite the Colombian security forces link to abusive, drug-trafficking, paramilitary organizations. This talk examines the design, implementation, and assessment of this aid package. Challenging the conventional wisdom about Plan Colombia, which has been widely praised by pundits and policymakers in Washington, Tate will argue that the security challenges presented by Colombian paramilitary forces continue to be underestimated.
Winifred Tate is an associate professor of anthropology at Colby College and the author of Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press 2015) and the award-winning Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia (University of California Press 2007). Dr. Tate has more than 25 years' experience with issues regarding Colombia, beginning with an extensive period of volunteer work and study abroad in the 1980s. She spent another three years working with human rights NGOs in Guatemala and Colombia, after completing her Bachelor's Degree. In addition, she worked for three years as the Colombia policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, before completing her doctorate at New York University.
Falklands 1982: Challenges in Expeditionary Warfare
Lecture Date: March 16, 2016
MG (Ret) Kenneth L. Privratsky served 33 years in the U.S. Army, initially as an infantry officer and then as a logistician. He commanded in airborne, airmobile, light infantry, and heavy units, and fought as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. As a general officer, he had responsibility for supply distribution and then, surface transportation for the Department of Defense worldwide. He is a graduate of the Airborne and Ranger Schools, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and has been a senior service college fellow at the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Upon leaving the military in 2002, he became an executive in the ocean shipping industry before fully retiring in 2010, after which he completed his book, Logistics in the Falklands War. Privratsky has lectured several times on the Falklands War to international and university audiences, to include Royal Marines at the Commando Training Centre in England.
Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the 21st Century
Lecture Date: February 17, 2016
In their book, Dr. Muehlbauer and Dr. Ulbrich produce a chronological study of American military conflicts and interactions and show the centrality of the military to American culture and politics. Due to the completeness of their work, Ways of War was adopted by the U.S. Air Force Academy as part of their military history course required for all cadets. In this lecture, Dr.s Muehlbauer and Ulbrich will examine the evolution of the military from the colonial era to the present War on Terror. Their examination will cover American wars and campaigns as well as issues of policy, strategy, and leadership. The authors will also speak on the importance of the relationships between the war-front and the home-front during times of war and conflict.
Dr. Matthew Muehlbauer is an Assistant Professor in the History and Philosophy department at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and an online instructor at Norwich University. Dr. Muehlbauer was also the Lead Historian for Rowan Technology Solutions where he helped develop content for the multimedia textbook, West Point History of Warfare. His co-writer, Dr. David J. Ulbrich, is an Assistant Professor in the History and Political Science department at Rogers State University located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Dr. Ulbrich is also an online instructor at Norwich University, where he is currently the Senior Instructor of Military History. He previously worked as the Command Historian for the U.S. Army Engineer School.
Frontier Professionals: The Evolution of the U.S. Army Officer Corps from the War of 1812 to the War with Mexico
Lecture Date: January 20, 2016
Dr. Watson is a Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). He has taught at Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, and the University of St. Thomas in Houston between 1993 and 1999. He began his service at West Point in 1999, as an Assistant Professor in the Military History Division, moved to the American History Division in 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, and to full Professor in 2013. Professor Watson chairs the USMA Library Committee and serves on the USMA Academic Freedom Advisory Committee. In 2014, his books Jackson's Sword and Peacekeepers and Conquerors together won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award. Professor Watson is an editor for The West Point History of the Civil War and a volume editor for The West Point History of Warfare.
When a Story is More than a Story: The Company of Heroes in Vietnam
Lecture Date: December 16, 2015
The Vietnam War was the first conflict in which the American people received unfiltered news on the actions of their nation's combat troops, immediately establishing narratives, both deliberate and inadvertent. The narratives had a profound impact on the Soldiers on the ground and may even have influenced the war's outcome. Poole's book, Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam, tells the story of Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a child born to refugees who fled war-torn Europe to the tiny steel town of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Sabo was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army only five years after taking the oath of citizenship and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's storied 506th Infantry Regiment. Sabo's distinct heroism in Cambodia earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2012, forty-two years after his sacrifice. Based on interviews done with Sabo's comrades, Company of Heroes follows the veterans through their struggles in dealing with the effects of war and their unified quest to see a fallen brother receive the recognition he earned.
Eric Poole is a reporter and columnist for the Ellwood City Ledger (PA). A retired rugby player and a former steelworker, Poole has worked for 20 years as a full-time newspaper journalist with more than 30 regional, statewide, and national awards. In 2009, he wrote a self-published book which directly influenced the speeches of President Barack Obama, former Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, former Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at Sabo's Medal of Honor ceremonies. Poole's book, Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam, was released in March 2015 by Osprey Publishing.
Lecture Date: November 18, 2015
In Ashley's War, Lemmon uses on-the-ground reporting to understand the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a unit of women hand-picked by the Army to serve in the highly specialized and challenging role. The pioneers of CST-2 proved, for the first time, women are physically and mentally tough enough to become part of the Special Operations community. This professional acceptance, came with the hefty price of personal loss and social isolation; the only people who really understood them were the other women of CST-2.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The New York Times best sellers Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. She is also a contributor to Atlantic Media's Defense One website. In 2004, she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan and Rwanda. Following her MBA study, she served as a vice president at the investment firm PIMCO. She has written for Newsweek, the Financial Times, and the International Herald Tribune, as well as for the World Bank and Harvard Business School. She gave a TED Talk on Ashley's War and all-women Special Ops teams in May 2015, following on her 2011 TED Talk on the importance of investing in global entrepreneurs. A Fulbright Scholar and Robert Bosch Fellow, Lemmon speaks Spanish, German, French, and is conversant in Farsi.
Becoming Sparta: Bridging the Divide and Forging Bonds Between Americans and Those Who Fight for Them
Lecture Date: September 16, 2015
Ms. Dozier will focus this lecture on her current research on resilience and special operations forces, addressing the gap among Soldiers and the public. She hopes to help Americans move past the narrow view of active duty Soldiers and veterans as "broken," and motivate troops to share their experiences of trauma with those close to them. Dozier will also discuss her endeavor to reconcile two contrasting post-traumatic stress narratives; one argues Americans are not yet prepared to acknowledge or heal the extent of the damage Soldiers undergo in war, and the other contends Soldiers are empowered by the labor of recovery through the strength and wisdom the process can provide. Dozier plans to include these thoughts in an upcoming book of anonymous stories of officers, counselors, NCOs, and family members, each coping with war, from the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to more recent action in the Horn of Africa. Work on the book was part of Dozier's 2014-2015 role as the Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College.
The Past as Prologue: Reflections on Relevant Patterns of Cold War and Post-Cold War Security Challenges
Lecture Date: August 19, 2015
In his lecture, Mr. Dennis Gormley will examine the extent to which China has incorporated elements of the Soviet Union's approach, developed during the early 1980s, to exploiting the effectiveness of conventionally armed missiles to achieve major military objectives against NATO in wartime. He argues that much of what the Soviets planned in this regard was passed on to the Chinese and now manifests itself in current Chinese exploitation of both ballistic and land-attack cruise missiles. Mr. Gormley will also provide an overall assessment of the direction and pace of China's military developments.
Mr. Dennis Gormley has 10 years of experience in the United States intelligence community, and served 20 years as a senior vice president of a major consulting company. He has also been affiliated with the Monterey Institute's Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Mr. Gormley has testified frequently before U.S. Senate and House congressional committees. He is the author of four books, including, most recently, A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions (2014) and Missile Contagion: Cruise Missile Proliferation and the Threat to International Security (2008), which has recently been translated into the Chinese language.
Lecture Date: July 15, 2015
Jim DeFelice is a prolific fiction and non-fiction author. Many of DeFelice's books, along with American Sniper, are New York Times bestsellers. He specializes in military and political topics, as seen in his co-authored work, Code Name Johnny Walker (2014), about an Iraqi translator aiding American forces, and the biography, Omar Bradley: General at War (2011). DeFelice most recently finished writing American Wife (2015) with Taya Kyle about her experiences as the wife and widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. When DeFelice is not working on book projects he helps develop and write video games, including the successful, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. DeFelice resides in Warwick, New York with his family.
The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign's Northernmost Reaches
Lecture Date: June 17, 2015
Mr. Wingert is a well-known author and historian, especially in Pennsylvania and the Harrisburg region. He is the author of three published books about Harrisburg and the Gettysburg Campaign in the Civil War including, The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg. In 2013, at the age of 15, Wingert released, Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union. Prior to 2013, he published his first piece, A Virginian in the Vanguard: The Diary of Lt. Hermann Schuricht, 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, at the age of 12. He draws inspiration from historical societies, archives, and Civil War collections across Pennsylvania and the northeast. Wingert's future ambitions include studying history in college and completing a book on the pre-Civil War period.
Doughboys in the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience
Lecture Date: May 20, 2015
Dr. Edward Gutierrez received his PhD in history from The Ohio State University and is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford. He recently received the University of Hartford's Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution to teaching and learning by part-time faculty. Gutierrez' scholarship has earned him other recognitions, including the "War and Trauma, Memory and Memorialization" Fellowship from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque in France, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for the publication of "Sherman was Right: The Experience of AEF Soldiers in the Great War."
Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War
Lecture Date: April 15, 2015
Todd Brewster is the Director of the National Constitution Center's "The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution." He was a Senior Editor of LIFE magazine from 1988 to 1992, and was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. From 2004-2006, he served as a Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, moving on to take over the Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the U.S. Military Academy from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Brewster turned to film production as the Executive Producer of the film, Into Harm's Way. His latest book, Lincoln's Gamble, and was published by Scribner in September 2014.
We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
Lecture Date: November 19, 2014
Mr. Van Buren will present a lecture at the USAHEC based on his book, and will emphasize the military and civilian leadership's poor planning, disorganization, and lack of forethought for the future of Iraq and its people. He will describe how the U.S. State Department's good intentions to defeat terrorism led down a road of counterintuitive and frivolous spending. Van Buren's inside look at the State Department's misguided efforts span from spending taxpayer money on a sports mural in Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhood, to pastry classes meant to train women to open cafés on bombed-out streets without water or electricity. Because of ineffective projects and bureaucratic fumbling, the Iraq reconstruction project is remembered as the most expensive hearts-and-minds campaign since the Marshall Plan.
Peter Van Buren is a 24-year veteran Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, who spent a year in Iraq (2009-2010) leading two State Department Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT). He is the author of the books Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent, and We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.
Richmond Redeemed: Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg
Lecture Date: October 15, 2014
Dr. Sommers is a native of Hammond, Indiana, and attained his bachelor's degree in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned his doctorate in history from Rice University in Texas in 1970. The U.S. Army hired him as Chief Archivist and Military Historian for the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, a position he held until 1997. From 1997 to 2013, he served in various positions in the archives and patron services at the USAHEC and was the U.S. Army War College's Harold K. Johnson Professor of Military History in 2007 and 2008. He teaches American history courses at the U.S. Army War College and has made numerous television appearances. Dr. Sommers has written over 100 books, articles, entries, and reviews, primarily on the Civil War, and is a distinguished member of several historical organizations, including the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Civil War Trust.
To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862
Lecture Date: September 17, 2014
D. Scott Hartwig is a thirty-four year veteran of the National Park Service and served as Gettysburg's supervisory historian for twenty years. He won the NPS regional Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation in 1993, and was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg's on-site interpretation and living history programming, distance and satellite education efforts, and a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He retired from the NPS in January 2014. Hartwig has authored numerous articles, essays, and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Pennsylvania Cable Network. His most recent publication is To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, an 800 page in-depth study of the campaign up to the eve of the Battle of Antietam, published in September 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Hartwig is currently working on the sequel which will cover the Battle of Antietam, its aftermath, and the end of the campaign.
The New Era in U.S. National Security
Lecture Date: August 20, 2014
Dr. Jack Jarmon started his career studying Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. He is fluent in Russian and holds a doctorate degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers. He taught international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University, where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data. He was the USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s. His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, financial institutions, and was the Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario.
Sherman’s "Flying Column" at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: Major General John M. Schofield and the 23rd Army Corps, 10 June - 10 July 1864
Lecture Date: July 16, 2014
Dr. J. Britt McCarley earned a Ph.D. from Temple University in 1989. After serving nine years as the TRADOC Field History Programs Chief, and 18 years overall in the Army History Program, Dr. McCarley was selected as TRADOC’s Chief Historian in June 2006. His first book, The Atlanta Campaign: a Civil War Driving Tour of Atlanta-area Battlefields, was published in 1989, and he has been published in several collections, such as Beyond Combat: Essays in Honor of Russell F. Weigley. Dr. McCarley also served as editor of Victory Starts Here: A Short 40-Year History of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command published in spring 2013.
Indomitable Will: Turning Defeat into Victory from Pearl Harbor to Midway
Lecture Date: June 18, 2014
Dr. Charles Kupfer received his Bachelor of Arts from John Hopkins University and studied at Oxford University and the University of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1998. Dr. Kupfer taught for three years at Michigan State University and served as president of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association. He currently serves on the Eastern American Studies Association Board and is active in several Commonwealth Public Heritage initiatives, serving on the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission, the Friends of Fort Hunter Board of Directors, and as Penn State Harrisburg American Studies Program liaison to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Dr. Kupfer published his first book in 2013, We Felt The Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story, published by Sergeant Kirkland's Press. Academic articles he wrote appeared in several journals, such as Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, The International Journal of the History of Sports, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, and Pennsylvania History.
Fighting a Lost War: The German Army in 1943
Lecture Date: May 21, 2014
Dr. Citino, a renowned military history professor from the University of North Texas, is the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Army War College. He has studied Nazi Germany and American military history, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Cold War. Dr. Citino's career extends to several universities: he served as the Charles Boal Ewing Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and at the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth. He published nine books, one of which earned the American Historical Association's Paul M. Birdsall Prize for book of the year in military and strategic history. The Society for Military History awarded him the Distinguished Book Award in 2013 for his latest book, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943.
The CIA: Its Origin, Its Transformation, and Its Militarization
Lecture Date: April 16, 2014
A former Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence and the current Chair of the Historical Advisory Committee to the Department of State, Dr. Richard H. Immerman has spent a lifetime researching, writing, and teaching U.S. foreign relations, Cold War history, and intelligence policy. Dr. Immerman is the author of numerous award winning works, such as The Foreign Policy of Intervention to Waging Peace, and The CIA in Guatemala, and was the 40th president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. In 2009, Dr. Immerman began a 3-year term as representative to the Department of State's Advisory Committee on Historical Documentation, becoming the committee's chair in 2010. Dr. Immerman is the Edward J. Buthusiem Distinguished Faculty Fellow in History and the Marvin Wachman Director of Temple's Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. He is also serving as the Francis W. DeSerio Chair of Strategic Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.
Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation (War of 1812, Chesapeake Campaign)
Lecture Date: March 19, 2014
The Year of the Monkey: The Tet Offensive, America, and 1968
Lecture Date: February 19, 2014
Dr. Allison is the General Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Army War College. He is visiting from Georgia Southern University where he is a professor of military history. In addition, Allison's military history scholarship earned him the position of Visiting Professor in the Department Strategy and International Security at the USAF Air War College in 2002-2003 and Visiting Professor of Military History at the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies from 2010-2011. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Military History and he served as an editor for the Journal of Military History. He has nearly a dozen published books covering various military history topics: The Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the American West.
A Requiem for American Counter Insurgency
Lecture Date: January 15, 2014
Colonel (Ret) Gian Gentile is the Senior Historian for the Rand Corporation and recently retired from the U.S. Army where he served as a professor of history at the United States Military Academy. Gentile has served as a visiting fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, and is an award winning historian and accomplished author. Gentile has numerous publications regarding military policy, including his previous book, How Effective is Strategic Bombing? Lessons Learned from World War II to Kosovo. Gentile served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 2014, commissioning through the ROTC program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Ft. Leavenworth and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. He served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2003 and 2006.
Small Wars: Low-Intensity Threats and the American Response since Vietnam
Lecture Date: December 18, 2013
Dr. Gambone will present a lecture based on his book, and provide analysis of the dramatic shift in all aspects of planning and logistics in American war-making from Vietnam to interventions in Central America, through the Cold War, to the Global War on Terror. Gambone will dissect each mission as an evolution toward our current hybrid of traditional and innovative military techniques. Dr. Gambone is a professor of history at Kutztown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1993.
Dr. Gambone is the author of Capturing the Revolution: The United States, Central America, and Nicaragua (2001) and The Greatest Generation Comes Home: The Veteran in American Society (2005). Between 1985 and 1988, he served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. In 2006, he deployed to Iraq as a contractor for the U.S. Army.
Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and the American Cold War Strategy
Lecture Date: October 16, 2013
Frank L. Jones is Professor of Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, where he holds the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security. As a retiree from the Senior Executive Service, he has more than thirty years of federal experience. During the course of his civilian career, he held a number of high-level policy and strategy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Support. Professor Jones has published several book chapters and articles on national security topics. His awards and accolades are numerous and include the Department of the Army Outstanding Service Award. He attended St. Lawrence University on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship and received a B.A. in History. He holds an M.A. in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Jones served the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer.
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe
Lecture Date: September 11, 2013
Bugs and Nukes, Ethics and Leadership: American Plans for Weapons of Mass Destruction during the Korean War
Lecture Date: August 21, 2013
Gettysburg: Whose Hallowed Ground - The Farms that Became a Battlefield
Lecture Date: July 16, 2013
Telling the Army Story: Voices of Gettysburg's Slain
Lecture Date: June 19, 2013
The 1991 Gulf War: Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome
Lecture Date: May 15, 2013
Flying Dutchmen and Drunken Irishmen: The Myths and Realities of Ethnic Civil War Soldiers
Lecture Date: April 18, 2013
The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
Lecture Date: March 13, 2013
Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War
Lecture Date: February 20, 2013
Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq
Lecture Date: January 16, 2013
Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines
Lecture Date: December 12, 2012
Dr John Gordon is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. He holds a BA in History from The Citadel, an MA in International Relations from St. Mary's University, and MBA from Marymount University, and a PhD from George Mason University. Since joining RAND in 1997 after a 20 year US Army career, he has participated in and led numerous studies for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Departments of the Army and Navy. Dr Gordon has authored or co-authored several RAND studies on counterinsurgency and irregular warfare. He has led or participated in RAND research projects for the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, and Germany. Dr Gordon is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown and George Mason Universities where he teaches graduate-level courses on counterinsurgency and military operations. In addition to the book on which tonight's lecture is based, he has authored numerous articles on military subjects in a variety of professional journals.
Combat Ready, The Eighth U.S. Army on the Eve of the Korean War
Lecture Date: November 14, 2012
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Hanson enlisted in the US Army as an infantryman in 1988. He earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from the US Army Officer Candidate School in 1992. He has commanded infantry units from fire team to battalion, and has served as a staff officer in several Army and joint organizations. He earned a PhD in history from The Ohio State University in 2006, and served as both an instructor at the US Military Academy and as a professor of military science. Since redeploying from Iraq in April 2012 LTC Hanson has served as Deputy Director, Combat Studies Institute, at Fort Leavenworth. Lieutenant Colonel Hanson is married to Lieutenant Colonel Karen S. Hubbard. They have three adult children and a son and daughter in high school.
Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom
Lecture Date: October 10, 2012
Following in those famous footsteps, Benjamin's father became a respected and decorated hero of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Ironically, as he rose to Major General, he also proved himself just as brave, flamboyant, flawed and inspiring as his father had been. A study of a great American original, Growing Up Patton features some of the pivotal figures in Benjamin's father's life, including Creighton Abrams, the WWII hero who became his greatest mentor; Charley Watkins, a daredevil helicopter pilot in Vietnam; Manfred Rommel, the son of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel; Joanne Patton, the author's mother and a resourceful fighter in her own right; and Benjamin's mentally challenged brother, George. Growing Up Patton explores how the Patton cultural legacy lives on, and in the end, reveals how knowing the history of our heritage-famous or not-can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Benjamin Patton, the youngest grandson of WWII's General George S. Patton Jr., is the co-author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom (Berkley, 2012). Formerly a producer at New York City's PBS affiliate, he recently established the Patton Veterans Project, which holds filmmaking workshops designed especially for veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress as a tool for healing and self-expression.
The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
Lecture Date: September 12, 2012
Transforming the Army of the 90's: Strategic Leadership in Challenging Times
Lecture Date: August 15, 2012
General Gordon R. Sullivan is the President and CEO of the Association of the United States Army a dynamic organization with over 100,000 members that represents Soldiers, families, and the defense industry. GEN Sullivan was commissioned an Armor officer in 1959 from Norwich University. He holds a BA in History from Norwich and an MA in political science from the University of New Hampshire. His professional military education includes the U.S. Army Armor School Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. In addition to his many awards on active duty, he is also the recipient of the West Point Association of Graduates Sylvanus Thayer Award and a member of the Sergeants Major Academy's Hall of Honor. General Sullivan retired from the Army on 31 July 1995 after more than 36 years of active service. He culminated his service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff of Staff of the Army. He is the co-author of Hope Is Not a Method (Random House, 1996), which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army through the lens of proven leadership principles and a commitment to shared values. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University and the Marshall Legacy Institute as well as a member of the MITRE Army Advisory Board and a Corporate Member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
We Always Understood Each Other So Well, McClellan, Lee, and the War in the East
Lecture Date: July 18, 2012
Woman's War in China: The World War II Letters of an American Red Cross Director in Yunnan Province
Lecture Date: June 20, 2012
America's School for War: Fort Leavenworth, Officer Education, and Victory in World War II
Lecture Date: May 16, 2012
No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War
Lecture Date: April 18, 2012
Torchbearers of Democracy: African Americans in the World War I Era
Lecture Date: March 21, 2012
Over the Beach: U.S. Army Amphibious Operations in the Korean War
Lecture Date: February 15, 2012
Inside Hitler's High Command
Lecture Date: January 18, 2012
Reconstructing Iraq: Regime Change, Jay Garner, and the OHRA
Lecture Date: December 14, 2011
Fort Henry & Donelson Campaign
Lecture Date: November 16, 2011
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
Lecture Date: October 19, 2011
That turned out to be a disaster. He failed to understand a complex war, choosing a flawed strategy, sticking to it in the face of all opposition, and misrepresenting the results when truth mattered most. In so doing he squandered four years of support by Congress, much of the media, and the American people. The tragedy of William Westmoreland provides lessons not just for Vietnam, but for America's future military and political leadership.
How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War
Lecture Date: September 21, 2011
Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936-1943
Lecture Date: July 13, 2011
Despite these obstacles, Commandant Thomas Holcomb supervised the Marine Corps' mobilization in the Second World War's initial twenty-four months. During his entire commandancy, the Corps grew from 18,000 men in 1936 to 385,000 in 1943. Not only did Holcomb leave the Corps much larger, but he also guided its transition into an armed service capable of making amphibious assaults thousands of miles across the Pacific. Although a visionary leader, shrewd publicist, meticulous planner, and progressive manager, he has been ignored or given short shrift in most histories of the Corps. This presentation will write Holcomb back in the history of the Second World War. It will evaluate him as a manager using such case studies as the development of amphibious warfare, the reorganization of Headquarters Marine Corps, and the introduction of women and African Americans into the Corps. Ultimately, Commandant Holcomb did more than any other Leatherneck to transform the Marine Corps into the modern force-in-readiness that would help win the Pacific War and see action during the Cold War and more recent conflicts.
West Pointers in the Civil War
Lecture Date: June 15, 2011
Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip's War
Lecture Date: May 18, 2011
Steel and Blood: South Vietnamese Armour and the War for Southeast Asia
Lecture Date: April 20, 2011
Military Transformation: The Japanese Army during the 1920s and 1930s
Lecture Date: March 16, 2011
The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant and the American Civil War
Lecture Date: February 16, 2011
Perspective on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Earle G. Wheeler
Lecture Date: January 19, 2011
Outbreak of War in 1914: A New Look at an Old Problem
Lecture Date: December 15, 2010
Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson
Lecture Date: November 17, 2010
Berlin Airlift, Air Bridge to Freedom
Lecture Date: September 15, 2010
The Role of the Constitution in the Civil War
Lecture Date: August 18, 2010
Uncommon Defense, Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War
Lecture Date: July 21, 2010
Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942
Lecture Date: June 16, 2010
Ending the Pacific War: Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King and the New History
Lecture Date: May 19, 2010
King, in keeping with carefully honed navy strategy between the wars, was adamantly opposed to any invasion of Japan. But he also realized that if he forced a showdown on this in the first half of 1945, he likely could not prevail. He advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff that he agreed that the JCS must issue the order for the invasion so that this could be prepared as an option, but that he expected they will revisit the issue of whether they really must invade Japan in August or September of that year.
This raises very interesting and provocative questions about King's conduct and how this fits into any model of U.S. civil-military relations. Should King have masked his views (and those of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas) to Truman in the June 1945 meeting which was for the explicit purpose of getting the doubtful Truman to agree to an invasion? Should he instead have forthrightly stated his objections before Truman in June? Did King's decision to postpone a showdown over the invasion strategy effect the effort of the navy contingent on the staff of the JCS in presenting casualty estimates to Truman when he asked for them? Finally, how does this episode tie in to the still larger issue of the significance of military factors in the end of the Pacific War on both sides in the ongoing controversies surrounding these events?
Richard B. Frank was born in Kansas in 1947. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri in 1969, he was commissioned in the United States Army, in which he served almost four years, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. In 1976, he completed studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. The following year he began research on his first book, Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign, which was published in 1990. He lives in Annandale, Virginia. Mr. Frank is a consultant to the HBO miniseries The Pacific, airing 14 MAR-16 MAY 2010.
Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN
Lecture Date: April 21, 2010
An understanding of how two lives that were so similar diverged so dramatically provides a lens through which to understand the ARVN and South Vietnam’s complex relationship with Americas government and military. The lives of Dinh and Hue reflect the ARVNs battlefield successes, from the recapture of the Citadel in Hue City in the Tet Offensive of 1968, to Dinhs unheralded role in the seizure of Hamburger Hill a year later. However, their careers expose an ARVN that was over-politicized, tactically flawed, and dependent on American logistical and firepower support. Marginalized within an American war, ARVN faced a grim fate as U.S. forces began to exit the conflict. As the structure of the ARVN/U.S. alliance unraveled, Dinh and Hue were left alone to make the most difficult decisions of their lives.
Once both military superstars, Dinh is viewed by a traitor by many within the South Vietnamese community, while Hue, an expatriate living in northern Virginia, is seen as a hero who never let go of his ideals. Their experiences and legacies mirror that of the ARVNs rise and fall as well as the tragic history of South Vietnam.
Harp and Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865
Lecture Date: March 17, 2010
Corps Commanders of the Bulge: Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes
Lecture Date: February 17, 2010
Virginia Campaign, May-June 1964
Lecture Date: January 20, 2010
Quarterhorse in Bosnia: A Case Study of American Stability Operations in the Post-Cold War Era
Lecture Date: January 20, 2010
The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
Lecture Date: December 16, 2009
•Gen. John Abizaid, one of the Army's most brilliant minds. Fluent in Arabic, he forged an unconventional path in the military to make himself an expert on the Middle East, but this unique background made him skeptical of the war he found himself leading.
•Gen. George Casey Jr., the son of the highest-ranking general to be killed in the Vietnam War. Casey had grown up in the Army and won praise for his common touch and skill as a soldier. He was determined not to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam but would take much of the blame as Iraq collapsed around him.
•Gen. Peter Chiarelli, an emotional, take-charge leader who, more than any other senior officer, felt the sting of the Army's failures in Iraq. He drove his soldiers, the chain of command, and the U.S. government to rethink the occupation plans–yet rarely achieved the results he sought.
•Gen. David Petraeus, a driven soldier-scholar. Determined to reach the Army's summit almost since the day he entered West Point, he sometimes alienated peers with his ambition and competitiveness. When he finally got his chance in Iraq, he–more than anyone–changed the Army's conception of what was possible.
Masterfully written and richly reported, The Fourth Star ranges far beyond today's battlefields, evoking the Army's tumultuous history since Vietnam through these four captivating lives and ultimately revealing a fascinating irony: In an institution that prizes obedience, the most effective warriors are often those who dare to question the prevailing orthodoxy and in doing so redefine the American way of war. Greg Jaffe is the Pentagon correspondent at the Washington Post and previously held the same position at the Wall Street Journal. In 1999, he was part of a team of reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933
Lecture Date: November 10, 2009
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
Lecture Date: October 21, 2009
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Road Home from the Moon
Lecture Date: September 23, 2009
The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607 - 1814
Lecture Date: August 19, 2009
The Devil's own Work: The Civil War draft Riots and the fight to reconstruct America
Lecture Date: July 15, 2009
Cold War Pioneers: The U.S. Military Liason Mission, 1947 - 1990
Lecture Date: May 20, 2009
Why the Civil Rights Movement was an Insurgency, and Why it Matters
Lecture Date: March 18, 2009
The G. I. Experience in the Korean War: A Precursor to Vietnam?
Lecture Date: February 18, 2009
General William E. DePuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War
Lecture Date: January 21, 2009
U.S. NATO and European Basing, 1949-Present
Lecture Date: December 10, 2008
We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam
Lecture Date: November 12, 2008
World War II in Europe: A View From a Foxhole
Lecture Date: October 15, 2008
A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won World War II
Lecture Date: September 17, 2008
The Second Battle of the Marne: The Turning Point of 1918
Lecture Date: August 20, 2008
Across the Elbe River with the Thunderbolt Division
Lecture Date: July 31, 2008
A War of Empire and Frontier: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902
Lecture Date: June 18, 2008
The Army's Way of War
Lecture Date: May 21, 2008
Why the French & Indian War is Worth Remembering, The Ironies of a Decisive Victory
Lecture Date: April 16, 2008
Beyond Nam Dong
Lecture Date: March 19, 2008
Beyond the Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters
Lecture Date: February 20, 2008
Clausewitz and Contemporary War
Lecture Date: January 16, 2008
Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965
Lecture Date: December 12, 2007
The Soviet-German War, 1941-1945: Myths and Realities
Lecture Date: November 14, 2007
Wings, Women, and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat
Lecture Date: November 14, 2007
Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the 20'th Century
Lecture Date: June 20, 2007
From Engineer Lieutenant to Corps Commander: The Civil War Career of Godfrey Weitzel
Lecture Date: January 18, 2006
Born in Bavaria, Godfrey Weitzel moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family while a young boy. He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and became a lieutenant of engineers. During the American Civil War, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and later major general. Weitzel commanded the Twenty-Fifth Army Corps (an all black unit) during the closing months of the war, and his men occupied the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, on April 3, 1865. Weitzel’s somewhat meteoric rise in rank and responsibility was somewhat unusual because he had been an engineer officer rather than having served in a combat unit. He was a protege of the notorious General Benjamin F. Butler, but that relationship seems not to have had an adverse impact on his Civil War career. Art Bergeron will explore the background, education, and experiences of this fascinating and complex officer and assess his generalship.
Discussions on Military History RoundtableThe USAHEC sponsors a quarterly forum on military history, "Discussions on Military History Roundtable," which features changing topics with engaging discussion following the presentation.
Lecture Date: August 11, 2018
As British troops trudged away from their bloody defeat on the banks of the Monongahela River just miles from capturing their objective, Fort Duquesne, General Edward Braddock laid mortally wounded. In the first major battle of the French and Indian War, the commander of British forces led a combined force of British redcoats and American militia under the command of Colonel George Washington. The army was stopped short of victory, leading the British American colonies into a global conflict, ultimately changing the face of European empires. On Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 2:00 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host Dr. David L. Preston to present a lecture based on his award-winning book, Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution. Dr. Preston will be accompanied by two experts on the French and Indian War in an extended roundtable event.
In 1755, the British high command sent General Edward Braddock to the American colonies with the mission of stopping French advances into British territory. Braddock combined his troops with local American militia under the command of Colonel George Washington and other officers who would one day become lynch pins on both sides of the American Revolution. Preston will discuss the strategic and operational overview of Braddock's campaign to take Fort Duquesne, as well as introduce the major military players on both sides of the resulting battle. The discussion will finish with a post-battle analysis, tying Braddock's campaign planning and coalition building to concepts which still apply to our military planning today.
Dr. David Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security at The Citadel. Dr. Preston earned his B.A. in History from Mary Washington College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the College of William and Mary. His first book, The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, received the 2010 Albert B. Corey Prize and the 2010 Annual Archives Award of Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives. His most recent book, Braddock's Defeat, won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History and a 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.
The Origins of the Grand Alliance: Pre-World War II Anglo-American Military Collaboration
Lecture Date: June 16, 2018
In his book, Dr. Johnsen explores the developing military relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. from the late 1930's to Pearl Harbor through the eyes and actions of the numerous staff officers and diplomats, exploring the deep roots of the coalition that would win World War II. As the first comprehensive analysis of the relationship, he discusses the evolving grand strategy, policy agreements, operational planning, and the creation of communication channels and chains of command to carry the alliance through the war.
Dr. William T. Johnsen is a Professor of Military History and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where he holds the Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies. Prior to that post, he served as Dean of the USAWC from 2003-2012, and has instructed there since 1991, following 20 years as an Infantry officer. Dr. Johnsen holds a B.S. from USMA, and an M.A. (History) and a Ph.D. (History) from Duke University.
The First Infantry Division and the U.S. Army Transformed: 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm
Lecture Date: March 17, 2018
In the two decades between Vietnam and Desert Storm, the First Infantry Division was faced with institutional collapse, required to adapt rapidly to volunteer manning, and dealt with a radical change of mission orientation. The U.S. Army's post-Vietnam leadership rewrote service doctrine and revised unit organization, training, and leader development for all ranks. As a result, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990, the First Infantry Division began preparing for war, though they were not on the announced troop list. Then the Division spearheaded the rapid ground attack with minimal loss of life. This roundtable event will feature a lecture from Colonel Fontenot, a veteran of Desert Storm, as he describes how the history of the division fits into the wider story of the U.S. Army, the stories and experiences of Soldiers who fought in Desert Storm, and why understanding the experience of the First Infantry Division in the Gulf War is relevant to preparing for the wars of the future.
Colonel Gregory Fontenot retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service as an Armor officer in the United States, Europe, the Balkans, and Southwest Asia. He also taught history at the United States Military Academy, and served as Director of the School of Advanced Military Studies. After retirement, he served as Director, Training and Doctrine Command's Wargaming Directorate, and later, as part of the Army's Red Team Leader Course for the University of Foreign Military Studies Course. He left the civil service in 2013 to pursue his interest in writing military history.
Taming the Desert with Technology: The Mexican Expedition and the United States Army
Lecture Date: August 19, 2017
Dr. Julie Irene Prieto earned undergraduate degrees in History and Sociology from UCLA (2004), her doctorate from Stanford (2013), and is currently a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She authored the book The Mexican Expedition, 1916-1917 (2016), part of a commemorative series being published by the U.S. Army Center of Military History for the centennial of American involvement in the Mexican Expedition and the First World War. She also authored the article, "The Sword and the Book: The Benjamin Franklin Library and U.S.-Mexican Relations, 1936-1962," (2013), and is currently writing a book entitled, Making Better Neighbors: United States Public Diplomacy in Mexico, 1920-1953.
On a Great Battlefield: The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863-2016
Lecture Date: June 17, 2017
Dr. Jennifer Murray is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia - Wise. She authored the book On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (2014), winner of the 2014 Bachelder-Coddington Award and named one of the best Civil War books of 2014 by the Civil War Monitor. She also authored The Civil War Begins (2012), and is currently writing a biography of Major General George Meade entitled Meade at War. Additionally, Dr. Murray worked nine summers as a park ranger at Gettysburg. The second panelist, Dr. Jared Peatman, received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M and went on to found Four Score Consulting, LLC and publish several books on the topic of Gettysburg, including most famously The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum for the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. The final panelist, John Heiser, began work as a park ranger in Gettysburg in 1980 and has since served in many departments at Gettysburg including Historian’s Office and Library. He is also well known for the maps of Gettysburg, which he researches and produces for various historical books.
Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War
Lecture Date: March 18, 2017
Dr. Conrad Crane is the Chief, Historical Services Division, at the USAHEC, following ten years as the Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Dr. Crane previously served with the U.S. Army War College's (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute after a 26 year career as an officer in the U.S. Army, including ten years as a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. GEN David Petraeus is a Partner at KKR, and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. He also commanded the U.S. Central Command from 2008 to 2011, and served as the Commanding General for the Multi-National Force-Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Richard A. Lacquement, Jr. is the Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower at the USAWC. He served for more than 29 years in the U.S. Army, to include assignments with ISAF in Afghanistan, as Chief of Plans for U.S. Forces Korea, and in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. COL John R. Martin served at the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, after he retired from active service in the U.S. Army in 2004. He has extensive experience in the Republic of Korea and at the Pentagon on the Army Staff, and was deployed over his career to Kosovo and Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. COL Robert Balcavage serves as the USAWC Chief of Staff. He commanded the 1/501st Infantry Regiment (ABN) during the surge in Iraq, and served combat tours in Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.
Abductions in the American Revolution
Lecture Date: February 4, 2017
Christian McBurney is an independent scholar from Kingston, Rhode Island, and a graduate of Brown University in 1981. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1985, and now serves as an attorney in Washington, DC. Throughout his legal career, Mr. McBurney has continued his research and study into American military history. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing at the National Archives, the Naval War College Museum, the Society of Cincinnati, and numerous American Revolution historical organizations on the east coast. Mr. McBurney is also a widely published author on the topic of special operations and Revolutionary War era spies. His books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014), and most recently, Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.
Killing Jeff Davis, Bungled Raids and Murder During the Civil War
Lecture Date: June 25, 2016
The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid was an attempt to free Federal prisoners of war and to spread word of President Abraham Lincoln's "Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction." Allegedly, Dahlgren was found carrying papers with instructions to burn Richmond, kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and decimate his administration. It is not clear who these orders came from, or if these orders were accurate, but some scholars say they were forged by Confederates. Nevertheless, the raid was a Union failure and ended in Confederate victory. Venter's book focusses on the controversies and debates surrounding the American Civil War's Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid. This roundtable event will cover, in detail, the Raid’s poor execution, the veracity of newly discovered documents, myths, and misperceptions, all with the input from a panel of Civil War experts.
Dr. Bruce M. Venter is the 1st Vice-President of Goochland County Historical Society and CEO of America's History, LLC. He is a past president of the Richmond Civil War Round Table and spent 36 years in public education, mostly as a superintendent. He earned his B.A. in history from Manhattan College, followed by a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in educational administration from the University at Albany-SUNY. His articles have been published in Blue and Gray, Civil War, Patriots of the American Revolution, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, and the Washington Times.
Richmond Redeemed: Opportunities Won and Lost in the Siege of Petersburg
Lecture Date: March 19, 2016
These operations pitted Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee directly against each other. Their generalship is assessed, as is that of their senior subordinates, Benjamin F. Butler and George G. Meade for the North and Richard S. Ewell and A.P. Hill for the South. In this offensive, Pennsylvania was well represented, with such generals as Meade, Winfield Scott Hancock, John G. Parke, David B. Birney, Andrew A. Humphreys, and David M. Gregg. Some 83 Keystone State regiments, battalions, batteries, and detachments participated in these operations including six regiments of U.S. Colored Troops credited to Pennsylvania. Indeed, the first of these fights, Chaffin's Bluff, marked the biggest, bloodiest battle for black troops in the entire Civil War. Fourteen black soldiers and one of their white officers earned the Medal of Honor for their service in these battles. Twenty-nine soldiers and officers of white units were comparably recognized.
This presentation will feature Dr. Richard Sommers and is based on his new book, the expanded 150th anniversary edition of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, published by Savas-Beatie in September of 2014. Dr. Richard J. Sommers served for over 43 years at the U.S. Army Military History Institute of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, until nominally "retiring" as the Senior Historian in January of 2014. He continues teaching at the U.S. Army War College, writing about the Civil War, and speaking to Civil War groups across the nation, and he has published over 100 books, articles, chapters, entries, and reviews on the Civil War. Two expert panelists will join him to discuss the battle, its results, and its long term effects on the outcome of the Civil war.
'The Men Who Lost America' and a discussion on the British in the American Revolution
Lecture Date: December 5, 2015
The roundtable discussion will center on the arguments made by O'Shaughnessy in his latest book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary War and the Fate of the Empire. The book follows the careers and decisions of the primary leaders during the war, from King George III himself to the generals on the front line. How could the British, who captured every major American city throughout the war, lose to the colonial forces? O'Shaughnessy weaves a narrative of political turmoil in London undermining the war effort and the fearsome desperation of the American fighters to outline how each of the primary British actors in this martial saga failed to maintain the holdings of the British Empire.
Dr. O'Shaughnessy is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia and serves as the Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He has written several important books on the history of the American Revolution, including An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. Dr. James Scudieri, formerly of the Department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations at the U.S. Army War College, is currently serving at the USAHEC as Senior Historian. Dr. Gregory Urwin teaches history at Temple University and is currently writing a book with the working title of When Freedom Wore a Red Coat: A Social History of the British Invasions of Virginia, 1781.
Lessons of Command: Iraq
Lecture Date: September 12, 2015
In this installment of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's (USAHEC) quarterly "Discussions on Military History," General Conway will present this extensive understanding of the Iraq War. He will cover the U.S. Marine Corps' preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom, anecdotes from his Expeditionary Force's journey to Baghdad, weapons of mass destruction, the transition of the U.S. presence in Iraq from liberation to occupation, planning and executing phase four operations, the Surge and the Awakening, and critical mistakes made. His lecture will conclude with his view of present-day Iraq, and how the country factors into U.S. international operations and challenges over the next decade. After the talk, our esteemed panel of experts will respond to General Conway with their own thoughts and questions about the Iraq War.
General Conway served as the President of the Marine Corps University, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander of the 1st Marine Division, prior to his Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commandant positions. As Commandant, he spearheaded wounded warrior initiatives and post traumatic stress awareness. In 2007, he founded the Wounded Warrior Regiment to help injured Marines and their families through recovery, reintegration, and transition into the force or civilian life. He also increased the size of the Marine Corps to 202,000, troops in order to decrease each Marine's deployment rate and also reduce mental/physical fatigue. In 2010, General Conway retired after 40 years of service. He remains involved with policy as co-chair of the Energy Security Leadership Council of SAFE (Securing America's Future Energy), working to reduce U.S. oil dependence
American Intelligence Activities in the Revolutionary War
Lecture Date: June 27, 2015
In the second roundtable of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's (USAHEC) quarterly "Discussions on Military History," Mr. Daigler will discuss how intelligence played a major role in Revolutionary War events using his unique point of view as a former Career Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He will cite several examples of intelligence collection and provide an overview of the major American intelligence activities during the Revolutionary War era. After the talk, our esteemed panel of experts will examine the implications of intelligence and how this lens changes the understanding of the Revolution.
Mr. Daigler, alongside his career with the CIA, consulted for the Department of Defense in the counterintelligence field. He is also a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. Daigler is the author of numerous articles for journals on the subject of intelligence, such as Studies in Intelligence and The Intelligencer. His writing and research concerns American intelligence activities in the period between 1765 through 1865.