Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to speak on U.S. security

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will comment “On America’s Security Architecture.” Hagel will specifically address ISIS and the United States’ plan in Syria. Moderating the event will be Robert Pape, professor of political science and director of the Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism at the University of Chicago. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., May 12, in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915. E. 60th St.

Hagel served as the 24th defense secretary, from February 2013 to February 2015. During his tenure, Hagel directed significant steps to modernize U.S. partnerships and alliances, advance the rebalance in the Asia-Pacific, bolster support for European allies, and enhance defense cooperation in the Middle East while overseeing the end of America’s combat mission in Afghanistan.

A former senator representing Nebraska, Hagel is also a former member of the Georgetown University faculty and former co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

Hagel’s current commitments include serving on the Board of Trustees of RAND; on the advisory boards of Deutsche Bank America and Corsair Capital; as a senior adviser to Gallup and to the McCarthy Group; as a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence at Georgetown University; as a Distinguished Statesman on the Atlantic Council; and on the Board of Directors of the American Security Project.

Hagel is author of the book, America: Our Next Chapter (2008), and was the subject of a book by Charlyne Berens titled Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward (2006).

CPOST, the lecture sponsor, is an international security affairs research institute. Founded by Pape in 2004, CPOST is best known for creating and maintaining the most comprehensive and transparent suicide attack database available.