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Talk set on Iraqi security forces

Monday, March 3, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 16 Robertson Hall

U.S. Army Col. Guy Cosentino will speak about the challenges of establishing self-reliant Iraqi security forces in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Cosentino's talk is titled "Military Force Planning and Decision Making: Organizing and Rebuilding Iraqi Security Forces."

Cosentino is a career U.S. Army officer, most recently serving as the chief of the Baghdad-based mission to develop Iraqi forces capable of maintaining security and stability in that country. He currently is a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, where he is examining challenges associated with maintaining a volunteer army during times of ongoing conflict.

From 2004 to 2006, Cosentino served as senior strategist at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, acting as the primary policy liaison with the National Security Council. He was the principal author of the 2005 "National Defense Strategy" published by the Department of Defense, which addressed various international challenges facing the United States.

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

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