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"The Military and Covert Options for Iran," subject of talk by Gardiner, Feb. 19

Feb 19, 2009 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Arthur Lewis Auditorium
Open to the Public

Air Force Col. (ret.) Sam Gardiner will present a public talk at the Woodrow Wilson School titled, "The Ugly Stuff on the Table: The Military and Covert Options for Iran." at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Gardiner, a wargames strategist, has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College, and Naval War College. He was also a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he was a regular on CNN, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, BBC radio and television, and National Public Radio.

Gardiner has conducted games for the Air Force, Navy, Army, CIA, and Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department and has been involved with and facilitated recent State Department strategy reviews on Burma, Kosovo, Haiti, Bangladesh, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Nepal, and Afghanistan.

In 2004, he conducted a war game organized by the Atlantic Monthly to gauge how an American president might respond, militarily or otherwise, to Iran’s rapid progress toward developing nuclear weapons. He also has conducted war games on North Korea. He recently designed and conducted a series of seminar war games on irregular warfare in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Poland for the U.S. Air Force.

Gardiner is the author of the recent report, Dangerous and Getting More Dangerous: The Delicate Situation between the United States and Iran, in which Gardiner warns of the dangers of escalation in the U.S.-Iran confrontation.

His combat decorations include the Bronze Star. His other decorations include the Legion of Merit.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.


Air Force Col. (ret.) Sam Gardiner