2017-03-16 / Top News

FAU Lifelong Learning Society presents ‘Bing’ West lecture


WEST WEST Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter Lifelong Learning Society will present a lecture by Francis J. “Bing” West at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.

“Why Does America Win Battles and Lose Wars” will focus on the failed U.S. military objectives in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The subject matter includes Mr. West’s perceptions of the basic reasons these objectives failed, and the risks and military choices facing the Trump administration.

Mr. West is a best-selling military author who served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton universities, he studied in Switzerland and was a Wilson Fellow at Princeton. He served as a Marine platoon commander in Vietnam. As assistant secretary for International Security Affairs, he chaired the U.S. Security Commissions with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, South Korea and Japan. He also supervised special operations in El Salvador, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Pakistan.

Mr. West is the author of 10 books on war and military history. His latest book is “One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War.” He is completing a screenplay about the battles in Fallujah, as well as a book on combat leadership.

Tickets are $40, and $30 for members. For more information, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 799-8547 or visit www.fau.edu/llsjupiter. ¦

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