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Final Great Decisions Lecture to Address National Security in an Age of Terrorism

Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress, to speak at The College of Wooster March 4

27 February, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The 2014 Great Decisions lecture series will conclude its series on "Power and Empowerment" with an address by Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at The Center for American Progress and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense, on Tuesday, March 4, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, titled "U.S. National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorism, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction," will be held in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.), beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

An expert on the federal budget, the military, and national security, Kolb is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Before joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies with the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the council, Korb served as director of the Center for Public Policy Education and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; vice president of corporate operations at the Raytheon Company; and director of defense studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Korb also held the position of assistant secretary of defense from 1981 through 1985, during which he administered about 70 percent of the defense budget. For his service in that position, he was awarded the Department of Defense's medal for Distinguished Public Service. In addition, he served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and has held full-time teaching positions at the University of Dayton, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval War College.

A noted author and editor, Korb contributed to more than 20 books, including The Joint Chiefs of Staff: The First Twenty-five Years; The Fall and Rise of the Pentagon and American National Security: Policy and Process. He also wrote more than 100 articles on national security issues that appeared in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Public Administration Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Naval Institute Proceedings, and International Security. In addition, he has made numerous appearances as a commentator on such programs as "The Today Show," "The Early Show," "Good Morning America," "Face the Nation," "This Week," "The News Hour," "Nightline," "60 Minutes," "Larry King Live," "The O'Reilly Factor," and "Hannity and Colmes." His op-ed pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

The Great Decisions lecture series is sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company, First Merit Bank, the Noble Foundation, Meaden & Moore, United Titanium, Seaman Corporation, and The College of Wooster. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2353), e-mail, or online.