November 7, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: November 7, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Former director of the National Security Agency, retired Army Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, will discuss "American Foreign Policy and the War Against Terrorism" on Monday, Nov. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Middlebury College's Twilight Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). The talk is free and open to the public.

Odom is a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Yale University. As director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988, he was responsible for the nation's intelligence and communications security. From 1981 to 1985, Odom served as assistant chief of staff for intelligence, the Army's senior intelligence officer. From 1977 to 1981, he was military assistant to the president's assistant for national security affairs, Zbigniew Brzezinski. As a member of the National Security Council staff, Odom worked on strategic planning, Soviet affairs, nuclear weapons policy, telecommunications policy, and Persian Gulf security issues.

Odom graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1954, and received a doctorate from Columbia University in 1970. From 1987 to 1997, he served as a trustee of Middlebury College.

His publications include "The Collapse of the Soviet Military" (Yale University Press, 1998), which won the Marshall Shulman Prize; "American's Military Revolution: Strategy and Structure After the Cold War" (American University Press, 1993); "Trial After Triumph: East Asia After the Cold War" (Hudson Institute, 1992); "On Internal War: American and Soviet Approaches to Third World Clients and Insurgents" (Duke University Press, 1992); and articles in Foreign Affairs, World Politics, Foreign Policy, Orbis, The National Interest, and many other publications. He is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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Odom has appeared frequently on radio and television programs, including "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," CNN's "Crossfire, ABC's "Nightline," NBC News and BBC's "The World Tonight."

His talk at Middlebury is sponsored by Atwater Commons. For more information, contact the Atwater Commons office at 443-3310.