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September 2004

Release Date: September 21, 2004

National Security Expert to Speak on World After Iraq

Addressing a topic as timely as today's news, NBC News national security analyst and retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey will deliver the Community Lectureship in the Humanities Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Angelo State University.

The former Army commander and national drug policy director will speak on "After Iraq : How the World Has Changed" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center . The speech is open free to the public.

McCaffrey brings to the lecture years of experience dealing with national security and terrorism issues. He 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 sponsored by San Angelo Community Medical Center and San Angelo Health Foundation in conjunction with Angelo State University .

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.

The West Point graduate's Army career culminated with him as commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command, coordinating national security operations in Latin America . At retirement from active duty, McCaffrey was the most highly decorated and youngest four-star general in the U.S. Army. After leaving the army, McCaffrey served as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1996 until 2001.

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