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Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War; USAHEC's Next Lecture

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Perspectives in Military History Roundtable

49th Annual Lecture Series

Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War

Dr. Conrad Crane

Chief, USAHEC Historical Services Division

In the years following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the United States military grasped at the best way to engage in two wars, while remaining the world’s super power. Dr. Conrad Crane, only recently retired from active duty service in the U.S. Army, found himself a modern Cassandra, warning the military leadership about the preparation requirements for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to conduct stability operations and counterinsurgency in Iraq. Dr. Crane’s continued push for proper planning in the eventual reconstruction of Iraq attracted the scrutiny of then-commanders General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Retired) and General James Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Dr. Crane and GEN Petreaus will discuss the development of the formal response to the unpreparedness of American Forces: Field Manual 3-24/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency. The presentations will be complimented by questions and discussion from panelists Dr. Richard Lacquement, Colonel John Martin, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel Robert Balcavage, all of whom either served under GEN Petreaus and were implementers, or worked with Dr. Crane in development of the Counterinsurgency (COIN) manual. They will discuss the implementation of the COIN doctrine, details about what went right and wrong in Iraq, and the lessons learned from over a decade of war.

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.

DATE: Saturday, March 18, 2017

TIME: The USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room

For more information on both events and any last-minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.



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