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    [ # ] Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV - 11/14/2007 - Dole Institute
    December 5th, 2007 under Programs/Events, Iraq, Military Programs


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    Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth

    Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

    Deputy Commanding General for Combined Arms, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Director, Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance

    Lieutenant General Caldwell currently serves as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States. The Combined Arms Center is also responsible for: development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers, oversight of major collective training exercises, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s Center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned.

    His prior deployments and assignments include serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects and spokesperson for the Multi-National Force – Iraq, Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division; Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; Deputy Director for Operations for the United States Pacific Command; Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division; Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commander, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; a White House Fellow, The White House; Politico-Military Officer in Haiti during OPERATION RESTORE/UPHOLD DEMOCRACY; Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM; and Chief of Plans for the 82nd Airborne Division during OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama.

    Lieutenant General Caldwell’s decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Louisiana Cross of Merit.

    Lieutenant General Caldwell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He earned Masters Degrees from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Lieutenant General Caldwell also attended the John F. Kennedy, School of Government, Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow.

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    [ # 25599 ] Comment from Chris Raine [December 6, 2007, 2:42 am]

    I found Lt. Gen. Caldwell’s event interesting at times but rather dry overall. Granted, it’s not like an active military leader could come in and provide juicy insider secrets, but I didn’t really find much during his lecture to be terribly thought-provoking.

    [ # 25602 ] Comment from Jess Skinner [December 6, 2007, 3:43 am]

    I have to be honest by saying I attended the lecture as a class requirement and I wouldn’t have attended otherwise. It isn’t my favorite topic and my interest wasn’t peaked at all during the lecture. I thought Lt. Gen. Calwell was smart, well prepared, and presented the material the best he could considering the topic.

    [ # 25615 ] Comment from Josh Patterson [December 6, 2007, 4:52 am]

    General Caldwell’s presentation summarized what is called “4th Generation Warfare.”

    Small state and non-state actors recognize the inability to militarily defeat United States. They seek to avoid massing their forces. Instead non-state actors, like Al Qaeda, have turned to an “asymmetric approach” to war. They enlarge the battlefield to include the whole of society and decreased their centralized systems of leadership.

    It appears that insurgents have learned the lessons of Vietnam that we have forgotten: They seek to combine guerrilla tactics with a willingness to fight across political, economic, social, and military spectrum boundaries.

    General Caldwell did note that insurgent forces “don’t have to win, just survive.” They seek to win by changing the minds of US policy makers rather than through direct military action.

    [ # 25757 ] Comment from Abbie Stutzer [December 7, 2007, 3:13 am]

    Although I did not plan on attending this lecture, I am happy I did because I learned something. He was prepared for out of the blue questions and stayed on point through the entire lecture. I like to hear how the U.S. is adapting to new warfare.

    [ # 46189 ] Comment from brittany adams [April 3, 2008, 8:21 pm]


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