Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 Air & Space Highlights: Bing West

Acclaimed author Bing West will be joining AFA this September at the 2011 Air & Space Conference, where he will be signing his latest book, The Wrong War, a crushing critique about the war in Afghanistan that brings readers onto the toughest battlefields to show what war really is. 
“West ... boldly assesses the prospects for U.S. success in Afghanistan in this provocative analysis.” – Publisher’s Weekly on The Wrong War

At age 70, West went to Afghanistan and embedded himself with troops, into the bases and out on patrols, to offer a perceptive critique America’s counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In his recent book, West argues unclear objectives, bad political assumptions, failed leadership and a lack of a detailed strategy have negatively effected any structure of success.

American troops have built-up on the battlefield.Author of seven books, he hasn’t been a stranger to positive acknowledgment. His 2004 book The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the First Marine Division, co-authored with Marine Corps General Ray L. Smith, was awarded the Marine Corps Heritage Prize for non-fiction, as well as the Colby Award. He’s also been the recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Media Award and his work has appeared on the Commandant’s Reading List. His book The Strongest Tribe, is a history of the Iraq War that was a New York Times Bestseller.

West is a graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities. He was an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War before serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan administration. He later chaired the United States Security Commissions with El Salvador, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, South Korea and Japan. 

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Middle East Institute, and the Infantry Order of St. Crispin, he appears frequently on C-SPAN and The News Hour.

Currently, he is the president of the GAMA Corporation, which designs wargames and combat decision-making simulations.

We look forward to having Mr. West as our guest speaker during our conference, and excited to hear what he has to share about his book.

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