The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Seminar with with General David M. Rodriguez, Commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post said, "No U.S. general has spent more time in Afghanistan than General David M. Rodriguez. He is the primary author of the U.S.-Afghan war plan ...."

In June 2009, as the U.S. began to turn its attention from Iraq to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Gates tapped Special Operator, General Stanley McChrystal, to fix the foundering war effort. To be McChrystal's right hand, Gates selected General Dave Rodriguez to build a new command that would manage and plan U.S. and NATO military operations in Afghanistan.

After 40 months in Afghanistan, General Rodriguez gave up command of the International Security Forces in July of last year. In September, he pinned on his fourth star and became commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, the Army's largest organization responsible for manning, equipping, and training 265,000 active component soldiers, and training and readiness oversight of 560,000 soldiers of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

General Rodriguez has commanded at every level from platoon to division with much of his time in premier units like the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions.

General Rodriguez's extensive combat experiences include: Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 1990-1991, Iraq, 2002-2003, 2005, 2006; and Afghanistan, 2007-2008, and 2009-2011.

He has numerous awards including the Bronze Star and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the highest non-combat military award.

General Rodriguez holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.


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