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Washington Post reporter to speak on U.S. military's role, Oct. 20

Priest, investigative reporter and military intelligence writer for The Washington Post, will present a lecture titled "The Mission: The U.S. Military's Expanding Role in World Affairs" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Priest worked as the Post's Pentagon correspondent for six years, and then wrote exclusively about the military as an investigative reporter. She was one of the first reporters on the ground for the invasion of Panama in 1989, reported from Iraq in late 1990 just before the war began and covered the 1999 Kosovo war from air bases in Europe. She has written extensively about the nation's four regional commanders-in-chief, Army Special Forces training programs overseas, the 1999 Kosovo air war and the Army's peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo.

In 2001, Priest was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant, as well as both the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the National Defense and the State Department's Excellence in Journalism Award for her series, "The Proconsuls: A Four-Star Foreign Policy?"

Priest's book, "The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military" (W.W. Norton, 2003), is an examination of America's growing dependence on the military to manage world affairs.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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