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Military, strategic intelligence expert to speak, Nov. 22

Former National Security Agency Director William Odom will speak on "Strategic Drift and Dwarfish Leaders" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Odom, a retired Army lieutenant general, currently is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Yale University. His outspoken opinions about the war in Iraq and his recommendations that the U.S. withdraw its troops recently have placed him in the center of controversy.

An expert on military, strategic and intelligence issues, Odom served as director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988. He also has been the assistant chief of staff for intelligence, the Army's senior intelligence officer.

Odom has written numerous books, including three recent volumes published by Yale University Press: "America's Inadvertent Empire" (2004); "Fixing Intelligence for a More Secure America" (2003); and "The Collapse of the Soviet Military (1998), which won the Marshall Shulman Prize.

His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, World Politics and Foreign Policy, among other publications. He is a frequent radio and television commentator, and has appeared on "The PBS News Hour," CNN, ABC's "Nightline," NBC News, C-Span and BBC's "The World Tonight."

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

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