Retired Special Forces Officer, PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Contributor at the MirYam Institute. Scholar of Iraq War, Iraq, Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Special Operations, Terrorism, Insurgency, Peacekeeping, Peace Enforcement, and Strategy
[General Odierno] felt that we'd spent the first several years of the Iraq War re-learning many of the lessons of the Vietnam War In 2013, a team of authors was commissioned by then Chief of Staff of the Army General Odierno to write a study of Operation Iraqi Freedom to glean insights for immediate practical application. The resulting two-volume report (Volume I | Volume II) was completed in 2016 but not authorized for release until early in 2019. In this presentation, A BETTER PEACE welcomes co-editor U.S. Army Colonel (Retired) Frank Sobchak and author U.S. Army Colonel Jim Powell to discuss their experiences of assembling the team, researching the report, and ultimately writing what came to a 1300-page product with tremendous implications for the current and future Army. What were more important insights? What were the toughest challenges, beyond the sheer size of the project? A BETTER PEACE Editor Jacqueline E. Whitt moderates.     Frank Sobchak is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and co-editor of the Iraqi Freedom Study (with U.S. Army Colonel Joel Rayburn. Jim Powell is a colonel in the U.S. Army and one of the Study's authors. Jacqueline E. Whitt is Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense. The OIF Study is available at the U.S. Army War College Publications website. Click the following links to access them: Volume I | Volume II Image: Covers of the two volumes of the report. Prepared by Jennifer Nevil. Composite assembled by Tom Galvin.
In this episode of the MWI Podcast, Maj. Jake Miraldi is joined by retired Col. Frank Sobchak, one of the authors of the Army's 1,300-page, two-volume study of the Iraq War. He discusses how the study came into being and why it's important, along with its major conclusions about the war and why its release was delayed for more than two years.
In the latest Fletcher Forum podcast, Editor in Chief Elissa Miller and Senior Podcast Editor Maria Ory sit down with retired Colonel and Fletcher PhD candidate Frank Sobchak to discuss the recently published two-part volume on the history of the U.S. Army in the Iraq War from 2003-2011. The nearly 1,500 page report, according to Sobhack, one of the lead authors, aims to provide a comprehensive operational-level history of the war and examine and incorporate lessons learned within an official narrative. The panel discusses key takeaways from the report, including insights into civil-military relations and future military planning. Tune in!
On this Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, sponsored by Bell, a Textron company, our guests for segment one: Byron Callan of the independent equity research firm Capital Alpa Partners, Susanna Blume of the Center for a New American Security and  Steven Grundman of the Grundman Advisory and the Atlantic Council; for segment two: retired Army Colonel Frank Sobchak, coeditor of the Army's Iraq War lessons learned and Michael Gordon, national security reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Segment one topics: -Latest on the government shutdown -Expect budget challenges Segment two: The U.S.Army's Study on the Iraq War
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Holliston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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