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The Honorable Bing West is the co-author, with General Jim Mattis, of Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, the New York Times leading bestseller. Bing is a combat Marine grunt, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and bestselling author of ten books about our wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
As our 2020 Evening Speaker Series Opening Speaker, Bing West will discuss both leadership in national security and the process of writing about combat and wars. We will have copies of the book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead available for purchase at the event.
A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, Bing West served in Vietnam with Marine infantry and was later the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He has made dozens of trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, embedding with more than fifty front-line units. His many books include The Village, that has been on the Marine Commandant’s Reading List for 40 years; the New York Times Bestseller The Strongest Tribe, a History of the Iraq War; No True Glory: the Battle for Fallujah; and Into the Fire, also a New York Times Bestseller. His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Infantry Order of St. Crispin and the Stanford/Hoover Military History Panel, West is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Colby Military History Award, the Marine Corps Heritage Award (twice), the Goodpaster Prize for Military Scholarship, the Father Clyde E. Leonard Award, the Free Press Award, the Marine Corps Correspondents' Distinguished Performance Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Media Award, and the Marine Corps Russell Award for Leadership. He and his wife Betsy reside in Newport, RI and Hilton Head, SC.