Oct 31, 2019 12:00 PM
Retired Army Colonel, Russ Thaden
Worldly Events Update
Our program this week is fellow Rotarian and retired Army Colonel Russ Thaden. The Colonel's expertise is in Military Intelligence with an emphasis on Russia, a lot of years of service in Europe, and quite a few operational tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans. He speaks at our Rotary club every few months, so his presentation routinely changes.
 
After retiring from active duty, Col. Thaden returned to Iraq for two tours of duty as a senior Army civilian (1-Star general equivalent) as the deputy intelligence chief for US and Coalition forces in 2006, and again in 2008-09.  He was the acting intelligence chief for several weeks in February 2006 when violence exploded after the Samara mosque bombing. 

While not deployed, he worked at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as an Assistant Professor of Joint and Multinational Operations.  He instructed officers attending a graduate level course in military operations with a focus on the strategic and operational levels of war.