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    Marshall Hall Lecture Series
Thursday, January 22, Lewis & Clark Center
Dr. Mansoor
  Dr. Pete Mansoor discussed the development and conduct of the Iraqi Surge from his perspective as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, Jan. 22, as part of the Command and General Staff College’s Marshall Hall Lecture Series.  Dr. Mansoor is the new Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History, a joint appointment between the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Department of History at The Ohio State University. His research interests include modern U.S. military history, World War II, and counterinsurgency operations.

Dr. Mansoor highlighted some of the mistakes made immediately following the successful invasion. The extensive de-baathification, disbanding of the Iraqi Army, and abandoning of the Forward Operating Bases were critical errors.  Key components to the success of the surge were leaders recognizing the significance of Iraqi culture and norms, coupled with an understanding of the importance of the information flow to the public.

“All operations have a political impact, and must be undertaken with an eye toward their information value,” he said.  “Specifically anticipate the insurgent or terrorist propaganda, always be the first with the truth, and engage the media continuously.”  

Dr. Mansoor closed his remarks with an emphasis on changing the way we learn as military officers. “Military Professional education must be revamped to take into account the added competencies needed in irregular warfare,” he said.
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