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Gallipoli Memorial Lecture - Afghanistan and Iraq: Understanding and Incorporating Lessons
Admiral Michael Mullen USN (Ret’d), former Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted some of the initial difficult lessons from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He spoke of the need to be extremely candid, in both understanding and incorporating these lessons, so that history can better inform future strategy and policy in very uncertain times.
Admiral Michael Mullen USN (Ret’d) was the seventeenth Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011, and principal military advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barak Obama. He served forty three years in the United States Navy and was the twenty-eighth Chief of Naval Operations from 2005 to 2007. Since his retirement from active duty, Admiral Mullen has taught at Princeton University and serves on the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Motors and Sprint. He and his wife, Deborah, are active in veterans and family initiatives.
The Gallipoli Memorial Lecture was until 2001 held annually at Eltham Church in south-east London. Subsequently, the Gallipoli Memorial Lecture Trust requested that RUSI carry on the tradition of an annual lecture. Lectures have since been delivered on the great issues of present day defence and security.