Speaker: Robert Crowley, Executive Vice-President, Halcyon Group International, LLC
Bob Crowley recently returned to the U.S. after serving as the senior governance and development advisor to General David Petraeus’ Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team in Afghanistan (2010-11), primarily focused on efforts taking place in Kandahar, Helmand, and Kabul. Prior to that, he commanded a Civil Affairs brigade with four subordinate battalions providing full spectrum civil-military planning and execution capabilities to Corps and below elements in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations (2008-10). Crowley was the lead military planner for all Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq (2007), where he developed, implemented, and resourced comprehensive operational concepts for the employment of 24 teams supporting stabilization and counterinsurgency efforts. He also served as chief, Civil Affairs and deputy chief, Information Operations, U.S. Southern Command (2003-2005), where he was responsible for theater-wide civil affairs and demining operations in Latin America and the Caribbean; influence operations designed to reduce ungoverned spaces throughout the area, with a focus on counterinsurgency and stability operations in Colombia, Ecuador, and Haiti; and the interagency synchronization necessary to achieve U.S. government policy objectives. Crowley holds a M.S. National Security Strategy from the National War College, and a B.S. Political Science from the State University of New York. He will be speaking to us about his time serving as a civilian advisor to General Petraeus, and his observations on multinational and interagency operations in conflict environments.
Host: Amb. (ret.) Robert W. “Bill” Farrand