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Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. A frequent contributor to National Review, he is the author of The Strongest Tribe, No True Glory, and The Village and the co-author of The March Up (with Maj. Gen. Ray L. Smith). His books on Iraq have won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Media Award. He appears on The NewsHour on PBS and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and St. Crispin’s Order of the Infantry. In this evening lecture, he talks about his latest book, The Wrong War.
The Honorable Francis J. (Bing) West's presentation, "The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan," was the College's academic year 2010-2011 Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture. The Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture honors a great naval hero of World War II and past president of the College. The lecture is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Finn III.