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Defense Intelligence Expert to Speak at ASU

November 10, 2010

Michael D. Phillips, senior consultant for the International Education Foundation, will speak about his role in helping end ethnic cleansing and armed conflict in the Balkans region of Europe on Thursday, Nov. 18, in Angelo State University’s Houston Harte University Center.

Phillips’ presentation, “Kosovo: A Perspective from the Ground,” is open free to the public and will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. His visit is being sponsored by the ASU Center for Security Studies.

As military assistant to U.S. Ambassador William Walker in the early 1990s, Phillips served in the Balkans as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission to stop Serb-Kosovar violence in the region. During his presentation, he will address a brief history of the conflict, the beginnings of Serb ethnic cleansing of Kosovars and the strategic issues he was involved in, which played a role in NATO launching an air campaign against the Serbs and ultimately helped lead to the Dayton Agreement that ended the armed conflict in 1995.

Phillips recently completed a tour as a member of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. Prior to that, he spent 28 years in the Air Force and became the service’s expert on intelligence analysis policies, operations and education. As the executive director of Analysis Mission Programs under the Department of the U.S. Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, he implemented standards and policy for intelligence analysis across the Air Force and developed advanced intelligence analysis education and training programs.

Additionally, Phillips led the planning, development, implementation, operation and assessment of all programs and activities of the Air Force Center for Intelligence Studies. He currently serves as an advisor and consultant in the defense intelligence community.

For more information, call the ASU Center for Security Studies at 486-6682.

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