Thursday, November 3, 2011

Author of new book on state of U.S. military to speak at FLCC

Mike O'Hanlon: What's going to happen with Gaddafi?
(This video was made shortly after the U.S. began supporting rebels.)

Canandaigua native Michael O’Hanlon, a Washington think tank’s well-known expert on U.S. defense strategy and foreign policy, will speak at Finger Lakes Community College on Sunday, Nov. 20, less than a week after returning from a trip to Afghanistan.
O’Hanlon, director of research and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will launch a new lecture series, the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum, which will bring expert and high-profile speakers to Canandaigua three times a year.
His talk will also follow the release of his latest book, an e-book from Penguin Press, called "The Wounded Giant: America's Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity."
The event begins at 4 p.m. at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.
Tickets are available by phone at (585) 785-1386, online at or by e-mail at Single event tickets are $29 to $39, depending on seating. Season tickets are $79 to $99. Patron tickets for the season, which include a reception with the speakers, are $175.
After O’Hanlon, the Ewing Forum will feature John F. Harris, the editor-in-chief of, on Feb. 12, and Michael Park, winner of two daytime Emmy Awards, on April 1. The George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum is named after the longtime editor and publisher of the Daily Messenger and Messenger Post Media who died in 2009.
O’Hanlon, a 1978 Canandaigua Academy graduate, plans an early November trip to Kabul, Afghanistan and nearby areas. Besides “The Wounded Giant,” he has authored four other books in the last three years. “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan” and “A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament” came out last year, and “The Science of War” and “Budgeting for Hard Power” in 2009.
O’Hanlon is also a commentator for Alhurra, a satellite TV station established by the U.S. government to balance media coverage of U.S. policy in the Middle East. He has been an informal advisor to General David Petraeus in recent years as well.

Before his career at the Brookings Institution, O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

In 2001, he was named one of Canandaigua Academy’s Graduates of Distinction, an honor which includes a plaque in the halls of the Academy. He is the son of Dr. Edward and Frieda O’Hanlon. He and his wife, Cathryn Garland, have two daughters, Grace and Lily.

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