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  • 10/3/2022

    Ends on 10/3/2022

    TOPIC: ThinkJSOU live panel, Update on the Ukraine/Russia Conflict

    DATE: 3 October 2022

    TIME: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

    WHERE: Zoom  

    MODERATOR: Mr. Brian Petit

    PANEL: Dr. Chris Marsh, Dr. Kevin Sringer, and COL Jerry Jablonski

    TARGET AUDIENCE: (Primary) Special Operations Enterprise, (Secondary) Department of Defense, (Tertiary) Interagency, (Tertiary) Partners and Allies

    The Joint Special Operations University Office for Strategic Engagement is proud to announce a live ThinkJSOU panel, highlighting the current Ukraine/Russia situation.  This panel will take place on 3 October from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM EDT.  Mr. Brian Petit, JSOU faculty member, will serve as moderator, facilitating a discussion covering U.S., NATO, and Polish perspectives on the current situation in Ukraine, how the war is shaping up, and what is at stake. Panelists include Dr. Chris Marsh, Russia & Ukraine Expert, Dr. Kevin Stringer, Eastern European Expert, and COL Jerry Jablonski, NATO Expert.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Comprehend the nature and character of irregular warfare in the 21st Century as it relates to current and emergent operational environments
    • Analyze historical and emergent approaches to Irregular Warfare as practiced by malign actors (state and non-state)
    • Understand the historical and modern approaches of resilience and resistance in Ukraine and Georgia

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  • 11/9/2022

    Ends on 11/9/2022

    The Joint Special Operations University Office for Strategic Engagement is proud to present a live ThinkJSOU webinar on 9 November 2022 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM EST with author and national security correspondent, Michael R. Gordon.  Dr. Frank Sobchak, JSOU faculty, will be interviewing Michael R. Gordon on his new book Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State, from Barack Obama to Donald Trump

    TOPIC: Degrade and Destroy: The Inside Story of the War Against the Islamic State, from Barack Obama to Donald Trump

    DATE: 9 November 2022

    TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

    WHERE: Zoom 

    REGISTRATION: https://www.jsou.edu/Events/EventDashboard/20?title=Michael%20R.%20Gordon


    How to Register

    ·         Navigate to ThinkJSOU: https://www.jsou.edu/Events/EventDashboard/20?title=Michael%20R.%20Gordon

    ·         Click on register

    ·         Input JSOU account information ( If you do not have an account, please create one)

    ·         Register for event

    ·         A confirmation, including Zoom link, meeting code, and passcode will be sent to your email on file

    All questions, including account resets, can be directed to ThinkJSOU@JSOU.edu

    In the summer of 2014, President Barack Obama faced an unwelcome surprise: insurgents from the Islamic State had seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and proclaimed a new caliphate, which they were ruling with an iron fist and using to launch terrorist attacks abroad. After considerable deliberation, President Obama sent American troops back to Iraq. The new mission was to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, primarily by advising Iraqi and Syrian partners who would do the bulk of the fighting and by supporting them with airpower and artillery. More than four years later, the caliphate had been dismantled, the cities of Mosul and Raqqa lay in ruins, and several thousand U.S. troops remained to prevent ISIS from making a comeback. The “by, with, and through” strategy was hailed as a template for future campaigns. But how was the war actually fought? What were the key decisions, successes, and failures? And what was learned?
    In Degrade and Destroy, the bestselling author and Wall Street Journal national security correspondent Michael R. Gordon reveals the strategy debates, diplomatic gambits, and military operations that shaped the struggle against the Islamic State. With extraordinary access to top U.S. officials and military commanders and to the forces on the battlefield, Gordon offers a riveting narrative that ferrets out some of the war’s most guarded secrets.

    Degrade and Destroy takes us inside National Security Council meetings at which Obama and his top aides grapple with early setbacks and discuss whether the war can be won. It also offers the most detailed account to date of how President Donald Trump waged war―delegating greater authority to the Pentagon but jeopardizing the outcome with a rush for the exit. Drawing on his reporting in Iraq and Syria, Gordon documents the closed-door deliberations of U.S. generals with their Iraqi and Syrian counterparts and describes some of the toughest urban battles since World War II. As Americans debate the future of using force abroad, Gordon’s book offers vital insights into how our wars today are fought against militant foes, and the enduring lessons we can draw from them.