The theme of the 2017 ICON Lecture Series is to foster a correct understanding of the CURRENT status of the most central problems facing this nation. He has been asked to discuss that current state of the US military in an increasingly dangerous world. Some of the areas that Lt Gen Bolger will likely discuss include rules of engagement and their consequences, use of Miranda rights during battle, closing of Guantanamo, women in combat positions, morale of mid-level officers and men, combat readiness of the current military, and the teaching of Islamic threat doctrine so as to prepare our military to understand the enemy.
Lt General Daniel P. Bolger, US Army, ret, of Aurora, Illinois completed 35 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant General in 2013. He received his commission from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1978 and his master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago in 1986. His professional education included the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He taught history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1986-89. He led soldiers at every echelon from platoon through division, to include command of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq in 2005-06, command of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq in 2009-10, and command of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in 2011-13. His military awards include five Bronze Star medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. The author of eight books and numerous articles on military and historical matters, he is also a contributing editor and columnist for Army magazine and a former columnist for Signal magazine. His latest book is Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He is presently a teaching assistant professor in the Department of History and a distinguished visiting scholar in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.
Books by Daniel P. Bolger
Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. New York City, New York: Hough Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Death Ground: Today's American Infantry in Battle. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 2000.
The Battle for Hunger Hill: The 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1997.
Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1995.
Leavenworth Papers Number 19: Scenes from an Unfinished War: Low-Intensity Conflict in Korea, 1966-1969. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Combat Studies Institute, 1991.
Feast of Bones: A Novel. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1990.
Americans at War 1975-1986: An Era of Violent Peace. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1988.
Dragons at War: 2-34th Infantry in the Mojave. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1986.
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