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September 2004

Release Date: September 3, 2004

National Security Expert McCaffrey to Speak Sept. 28 at Angelo State

Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, the former Army commander and national drug policy director now recognized for his national security and terrorism analysis on NBC News, will deliver the Community Lectureship in the Humanities Sept. 28 at Angelo State University.

McCaffrey, an authority on national security issues, will speak on "After Iraq: How the World Has Changed" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center on the ASU campus.

His talk will examine how U.S. military, diplomatic and economic efforts ended the regime of Saddam Hussein. He will also address ongoing work in Iraq, including the interim authority, humanitarian and economic aid, eradication of weapons of mass destruction, jumpstarting the Iraqi oil industry to benefit the people, reconstruction and the role of the United Nations.

The lectureship is jointly sponsored by the San Angelo Community Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Foundation in conjunction with Angelo State University. The speech is open free to the public.

McCaffrey is the Bradley distinguished professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy as well as president of his own consulting firm based in Alexandria, Va. In addition to his work for NBC News, he also writes a regular commentary on national security issues for Armed Forces Journal.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, he began an army career that culminated with him as commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, coordinating national security operations in Latin America. He served overseas for 13 years, including four combat tours. During Desert Storm he commanded the 24th Infantry Division-Mechanized during the 400-kilometer left-hook attack into Iraq.

At retirement from active duty, McCaffrey was the most highly decorated and youngest four-star general in the U.S. Army. He twice received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor. He was also awarded two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts.

After leaving the army, McCaffrey served as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1996 until 2001. In that capacity, he served as a member of the President's Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues. In that position he coordinated the $19.2 billion federal drug control budget and developed the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy.

He remains engaged in national security issues. For example, he co-chaired the Atlantic Council of the United States NATO Counter-terrorism Working Group, visited Iraq to conduct a countrywide evaluation of the security situation and addressed the Security of the Americas Conference in Mexico City earlier this year.

McCaffrey has received numerous honors, including being recognized as one of the 500 most influential people in American foreign policy by World Affairs Councils of America. He has earned the Department of State's Superior Honor Award for the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and the Central Intelligence Agency Great Seal Medallion in recognition of his achievements. He has also received decorations from France, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela over the course of his career.

Prior to going to West Point, he graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He holds a master of arts degree in civil government from American University. He also attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program. The Community Lectureship in the Humanities is sponsored annually to bring distinguished speakers of national prominence to West Texas. In addition to the public lecture, the speakers also visit with ASU students and faculty as well as community leaders.

Previous lecturers have included Margaret Thatcher, Warren B. Rudman, Sergei N. Khruschev, Shelby Foote, Larry McMurtry, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Rick Bass and James A. Baker III.

Members of the 2004 lectureship selection committee are David Loyd, Charles Endress, Sam Feazell, Mary Ellen Hartje, David Hirschfeld, David Lupton, Mark McLaughlin, Richey Oliver and Steve Stephens.

For more information on the Community Lectureship in the Humanities, call (325) 942-2116.