Back in the first Gulf War, as a West Point graduate serving as an army Tank commander, John Nagl was an early convert to the view that America’s greatest threats would come from guerrillas, terrorists and insurgents.
Tapped by General Petraeus to coauthor the new army and marine counterinsurgency field manual, Nagl helped change the course of two wars and the thinking of an army. His new book, Knife Fights, A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, comes out this October. He and David Petraeus discuss strategy, the consequences and the costs—and what America must do to move forward.
John Nagl will sign copies of Knife Fights following the talk. Books will be available for purchase.
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John A. Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, is one of the most important army officers of his generation, having helped revolutionize warfare in combat and in Washington. A graduate of West Point and a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where he wrote his thesis on counterinsurgency in Malaya and Vietnam. Nagl served as the military assistant to deputy secretaries of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Gordon England, where he coauthored the U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual with generals David Petraeus and James M. Mattis. He is the former president of the Center for a New American Security and the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.
General (Ret) David H. Petraeus started working with KKR in 2013 and is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Gen. Petraeus is involved in the KKR investment process and oversees the Institute’s thought leadership platform focused on geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social and governance issues. Prior to joining KKR, Gen. Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA. Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Gen Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 12 foreign countries. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, as a Judge Widney Professor at the Univ of Southern California and as a member of the advisory boards of a number of veterans’ organizations.
Max Boot is one of America's leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Boot is also a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary and other publications.
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