On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?”, Maggie Feldman-Piltch is joined by ASP Consensus member, Major General Paul D. Eaton. In this episode, Maj. General Eaton discusses his assignment to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 where he was charged with rebuilding the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, the role of institutional knowledge in governance, and how Iraq can move forward today. Maj. General Eaton was responsible for designing, training, and equipping the severely diminished Iraqi armed forces.
Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he built the command and established the structure and infrastructure for the Iraqi Armed Forces and Interior Ministry security forces. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns. For the past five years, he served as a senior advisor to the National Security Network. Additionally, Eaton has recently participated with the Department of Energy in non-proliferation work. Maj. General Eaton is currently Managing Director at the Vet Voice Foundation as well as an active member of ASP’s inititative, The Consensus for American Security. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.
About “What’s Next?”
“What’s Next?” is American Security Project’s weekly, non-partisan podcast series featuring interviews with national security leaders and critical issue experts. Each episode runs about 30 minutes- making it the perfect addition to your DC commute.
Hosted by Maggie Feldman-Piltch and produced by Matthew Wallin, the conversations go beyond the dinner party commentary and offer guests the opportunity to discuss their vision for security in the 21st century, the strategy that vision requires, and what it means for America going forward- in less time than it takes you to get to work. With topics ranging from geo-economics to nuclear security, cultural diplomacy to energy security and asymmetric operations, “What’s Next?” is one of the many ways ASP works to raise the American public’s understanding of complex security issues we face.