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Documents in the News: NDU study calls Iraq war “a major debacle”

The McClatchy Newspapers have reported on a new National Defense University report on the Iraq war.

  • Pentagon institute calls Iraq war ‘a major debacle’ with outcome ‘in doubt’, Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott, McClatchy Newspapers, April 17, 2008. “The war in Iraq has become “a major debacle” and the outcome “is in doubt” despite improvements in security from the buildup in U.S. forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday by the Pentagon’s premier military educational institute.”
  • Choosing War: The Decision to Invade Iraq and Its Aftermath, by Joseph J. Collins, Institute for National Strategic Studies, Occasional Paper 5, National Defense University Press, Washington, D.C. April 2008. “Measured in blood and treasure, the war in Iraq has achieved the status of a major war and a major debacle.”

Dr. Joseph J. Collins has been Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College since 2004. Prior to this assignment, he served for 3 years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Collins was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he researched economic sanctions, national security policy, and homeland security. In 1998, after nearly 28 years of military service, Dr. Collins retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel. His many publications include books and articles on war in Afghanistan, Operation Desert Storm, military culture, defense transformation, homeland defense, and the way ahead in Iraq. Dr. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and two master’s degrees and a doctorate in political science from Columbia University. In 2004, he was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, its highest civilian award.

NDU Press publications are sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office. National Defense University Web site: http://www.ndu.edu.

See also: The Army Monograph that Predicted Just About Everything that’s Happened in Iraq.

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