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John Nagl Joins CNAS

CNAS Press Release: John Nagl Joins Center for a New American Security

WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2008 -- The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that John Nagl will join CNAS as a senior fellow in July 2008.

Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, U.S. Army, currently serves as commander of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas where he teaches U.S. soldiers how to train and advise Iraqi and Afghani forces. He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Anbar province in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A West Point graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Nagl earned his doctorate from Oxford University, taught national security studies at West Point, and served as a Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.

He is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and helped write the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual published in December 2006. Nagl has also written or co-authored numerous articles and reviews, including the first CNAS issue paper, "Institutionalizing Adaptation: It's Time for a Permanent Army Advisor Corps." He frequently discusses national security issues in various national media venues.