About
AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast—focuses on contemporary military authors and senior military leaders. Thought Leaders seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy.

When
Tue, Nov 16, 2021 · 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -5:00)
Presenters
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James Kitfield
James Kitfield is currently a Senior Fellow and Journalist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress, and contributing writer and former senior national security correspondent for the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal. Mr. Kitfield’s articles on defense, national security, intelligence and foreign policy issues have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, National Journal, Bloomberg View, Yahoo News, Breaking Defense, Defense One, the National Interest, Daily Beast, the Hill, Newsday and other print and online publications. He is the only three-time recipient of the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, most recently for his first-hand reporting on the Afghan War. The Military Reporters and Editors Association (MRE) and the Medill School of Journalism have awarded Mr. Kitfield their top prize for excellence in reporting an unprecedented six times, most recently in 2016 in the “Online Journalism” category for his articles in POLITICO Magazine, Yahoo News and Breaking Defense, and the National Press Club has honored him with its Edwin Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. Mr. Kitfield is the author of three earlier books, including “Prodigal Soldiers,” “War & Destiny,” and “Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies and Special Agents Who are Revolutionizing the American Way of War.” He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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LTG Guy Swan III, U.S. Army Retired
AUSA Vice President, Education
Lieutenant General Guy C. Swan III currently serves as an AUSA Vice President. During more than 35 years of active service he commanded at every level through Army Service Component Command. A career armor/cavalry officer, his general officer assignments included Commanding General, United States Army North/Fifth Army; Commanding General, United States Army Military District of Washington and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region; Commanding General, 7th Army Training Command, United States Army Europe/Seventh Army; Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Director of Operations, United States Northern Command; and Chief of Army Legislative Liaison.

General Swan's other key assignments included Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Assistant Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy for the Joint Staff; and Deputy Operations Officer for the 1st Armored Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

A 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, General Swan holds a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the United States Army's School of Advanced Military Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

General Swan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, and the FEMA National Advisory Council. He is also a Certified Emergency Manager(CEM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board certified in security management.

General Swan is married to the former Melanie Taylor Curry of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have two children: Ryan, a US Army lieutenant, and Melissa, a college junior.
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