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Genocidal mass murders, rapists, tortures hosted at KSG today 3:00pm
31 Oct 2007
Leading Americans and Partnering with Iraqis

Director's Seminar
Series: Belfer Center Directors' Seminar
RSVP required - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
October 31, 2007
3:00-4:30 p.m. - Speakers: Lt Col Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, USMC; LTC (P) James D. Lee, US Army; Colonel Karl D. Reed, US Army; LTC (P) John Tien, US Army

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Seminar with National Security Fellows, Lt Col Todd Desgrosseilliers, LTC James Lee, Col Karl Reed and LTC John Tien on Wednesday, October 31st, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

This panel of experienced leaders will provide personal accounts of how the US military has executed the war in Iraq at the ground level, and in doing so; showcase the brave and fine efforts of our Nation's sons and daughters and our Iraqi comrades in the struggle to achieve stability and security for the people of Iraq. The panel will provide a first hand account of their time as battalion commanders or Division Staff level officers in Iraq by describing, discussing, and analyzing the tactical fight in Iraq past, present and future.

Lieutenant Colonel Desgrosseilliers is a Marine Corps Infantry officer who recently served as the Battalion Commander for the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune. He deployed the Battalion to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Al Anbar Province. Previously, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he fought in Operation al Fajr in Fallujah. LtCol Desgrosseilliers is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School where he graduated as an honor graduate, and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Boston University and a master's degree in military science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Research interests include the role of information operations and their use by terrorists and the United States in the Global War on Terror.

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Lee is an Army Military Intelligence officer who recently served a tour of duty as the Director of Intelligence, G2, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, with the 4th Infantry Division. Previously, LTC Lee commanded the 125th Military Intelligence Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, and deployed his Intelligence Task Force to Operation Enduring Freedom in support of Combined Joint Task Force-76 in 2005. He recently served in the Pentagon and was responsible for Army Intelligence current operations support and futures intelligence and surveillance capabilities development. He is a former Infantry officer. LTC Lee is a graduate of the US Army's Command and General Staff College and holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Southern Colorado, a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University, and a master's degree in military arts and sciences from the Command and General Staff College. He is a Ph.D. (ABD) in security and American foreign policy at Old Dominion University. Research interests include strategic international planning with specific interest in the transformation of US and EU roles in NATO.

Colonel Karl Reed is an Army Infantry officer who recently served as the Chief of Staff and Operations officer responsible for the training, deployment, and welfare of over 20,000 soldiers and their families at Fort Carson, Colorado. He also served as the battalion commander of 5th Battalion 20th Infantry Regiment (Stryker) deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from Nov 2003 to Nov 2004. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Executive Officer to the Assistant Deputy of Staff, G-1, Army Staff, and Pentagon. As a company grade officer, he deployed with the 101st ABN to Desert Shield and Desert Storm. COL Reed is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine and an MBA from the University of Maine. Research interests include American foreign policy "post Iraq," national security strategy, homeland defense, diplomatic power, and leadership.

Lieutenant Colonel John Tien is an Army Armor officer who most recently served as the Battalion Commander of 2-37 Armor Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Tal Afar, Ramadi, and in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. There, he and his Soldiers were able to bring security and stability to these previously volatile and dangerous areas through direct relationships with local area officials, sheikhs, and Iraqi Security Forces. LTC Tien has served at the Army's National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, and as a White House Fellow in the United States Trade Representative Office. He was also an assistant professor of political science at West Point and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from West Point and a master's degree in political science from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His research interests include nation-building in Iraq, counterinsurgency operations in Iraq, and national service programs in the US.


Please RSVP to Sarah by email sarah_donahue (at)

Be sure to specify the event you will be attending.

As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come - first served basis

This event will be off-the-record


Belfer Center Events Coordinator
79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: sarah_donahue (at)
Phone: 617-495-3745

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