Conversation with
General David H. Petraeus

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 7 pm
McCoy Center 

The Jefferson Series presented by
The New Albany Community Foundation
welcomes General David H. Petraeus
U.S. Army, Retired and former director of the CIA
Interviewed by Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, USA (Ret.),
Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University

General Petraeus served in Cold War Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the decade that followed the 9/11 attacks, he was deployed for some six-and-a half years, culminating his career with six straight commands, five of which were in combat.

General Petraeus is most widely known for his roles in the subsequent several years. On returning to the United States following his second tour in Iraq, he oversaw significant improvements in the U.S. Army’s preparation of leaders and units for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, including guiding the development of the Army/Marine Corps field manual on counterinsurgency. He then returned to Iraq to command the Surge and guide the implementation of the counterinsurgency manual’s concepts. During his 19-1/2-months at the helm of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, violence was reduced by some 90%, Iraqi forces were reformed and expanded, and transition of tasks to Iraqi forces was advanced considerably.

Following retirement from the military, General Petraeus served as the director of the CIA, leading the agency during a period that saw significant achievements in the global counter-terrorism effort, initiation of a comprehensive strategic plan to guide the agency, conduct of an effort to increase worldwide human intelligence coverage, establishment of the agency’s Economic Security Center, and commencement of a number of initiatives to increase the agency’s investments in its human capital. He has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations awards and decorations. He also has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

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