RICHARD SAMUELS, DIRECTOR OF AIR WAR COLLEGE GRAND STRATEGY SEMINAR, TO SPEAK ABOUT AMERICAN STRATEGY AND NATIONAL SECURITY AT FORCES SPEAKER SERIES

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Richard Samuels

The College of Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Honors College invited Rick Samuels, a faculty member at the Air War College, to speak about the changing nature of American Defense Strategy. His talk is titled “Maypoles and Merry-Go-Rounds: Strategy in the National Security Decision Making Process.”  The central thesis is that actual decision making is not based on rational actor calculus, diminishing strategy implementation regardless of how good the strategy is.  The talk will cover how American National security strategies are crafted and how bureaucratic and individual biases prevent rational decisions based on extant strategies.

Mr. Samuels is a retired Colonel, a former National Security liaison officer and the director of the Grand Strategy course at the Air War College.

His talk is on Tuesday, February 4 at 2 PM at the Honors College, in the large auditorium (Honors Hall) – HCRN 1066.

Mr. Samuels’ talk will refer both to present and to historical examples of national security decision-making, making reference to current and topical issues of Foreign Policy, including the current National Defense Strategy.

Mr. Richard Samuels joined the Air War College faculty in 2017. He retired from the US Air Force as a colonel in 2016, after 30 years of active duty service. Mr. Samuels was a special operations aviator with over 3600 flying hours in several aircraft. He served in multiple combat operations from Just Cause to Iraqi Freedom. Samuels commanded at the major, lieutenant colonel and colonel levels, served several staff tours at higher headquarters, as well as two tours on the Joint Staff. He holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering, and an MA in Strategic Studies. Samuel’s areas of interest and expertise include command, leadership, strategy, command relations, national security decision making, civil-military relations, and operational design.

For other details, and for arranging a meeting with Richard Samuels, please contact Dr. Rob Kirchubel, the FORCES operations officer, at the following email: rkirchub@purdue.edu

Details about other FORCES speaker events can be found on our page: https://www.cla.purdue.edu/research/forces-initiative/speaker-series.html

The FORCES initiative was created by the Associated Dean of Research in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Sorin Adam Matei, as a collaborative initiative between the College of Liberal Arts and The Institute for Global Defense and Innovation at Purdue, led by Dr. Daniel Delaurentis. The mission is to foster multidisciplinary collaborations focusing on the future of national security, strategy, and technology.

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