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Military analyst of war on terrorism speaks at UTC

Dr. Jeffrey Record, professor of Strategy and International Security at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base (Birmingham, AL), will speak Tuesday, March 1st on “Iraq, the War on Terror and Limits on U.S. Power.”

The campus address will be held 12:15--1:30 pm. in room 206, the UTC University Center’s Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Record has authored seven books and over a dozen monographs on U.S. military strategy. His latest Strategic Studies Institute monograph, "Iraq and Vietnam: Differences, Similarities, and Insights," is being widely circulated within the Pentagon.

While serving as a Visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, Record wrote a December 2003 monograph evaluating President George W. Bush’s call for a Global War on Terrorism. The Washington Post highlighted his analysis.

In the UTC address, Record will re-examine his 2003 critique of President Bush’s call for a War on Global Terrorism in the wake of the administration’s wars, occupations and nation-building activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Director of the Army’s Strategic Studies Institute, in a forward to the analysis, noted that Record “finds that the war on terrorism—as opposed to the campaign against al-Qaeda—lacks strategic clarity, embraces unrealistic objectives, and may not be sustainable in the long haul.”

In particular, Record called for “down-sizing the scope of the war on terrorism to reflect concrete U.S. security interests and the limits of American military power.”

General Bill Raines (U.S. Army Reserves, retired) and Dr. Bob Swansbrough (UTC Political Science professor) will briefly add their appraisals of the impact of the Iraq War on the U.S. Army Reserves and the prospect for democracy in Iraq.

Record served on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to Senators Sam Nunn (GA) and Lloyd Bentsen (TX). He also worked as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Record received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as Assistant Province Advisor in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War.

The lecture is co-sponsored by UTC’s Speakers and Special Events Committee, the College of Arts & Sciences, Political Science Department, Political Science Club and the Chattanooga Arts & Education Council.

Dr. Jeff Record published the following books:

  • Dark Victory: America's Second War Against Iraq
  • Making War, Thinking History: Munich, Vietnam and Presidential Uses of Force from Korea to Kosovo
  • Revising US Military Strategy: Tailoring Means to Ends
  • Beyond Military Reform
  • Hollow Victory: A Contrary View of the Gulf War
  • The Wrong War: Why We Lost in Vietnam
  • Failed States and Casualty Phobia: Implications for U.S. Force Structure and Technology Choices
For more information contact: Bob Swansbrough (423) 425-4635

February 25, 2005

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