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Press Release

Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor at the
Naval War College to speak at WWS, November 4th

Professor Thomas P.M. Barnett, Senior Strategic Researcher at the Warfare Analysis & Research Department's Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, in Newport RI, will present a public lecture entitled, "The Pentagon's New Map," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2004, at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Military analyst, strategic researcher, global conflict expert, military transformation draftsman and U.S. Naval War College professor, Mr. Barnett started his career as a trained expert on the Soviet Union. At the end of the Cold War, in the early 1990's, Barnett's focus evolved into the ongoing development of a post-Cold War strategic plan that would address military crisis intervention, U.S. foreign aid and expanding globalization. Towards the end of the 1990's, Barnett directed the Year 2000 International Security Dimension Project at the Naval War College, which explored the impact Y2K could have on international security.

Early in 2000, Barnett served as director of the NewRulesSets.Project in partnership with Wall Street broker-dealer firm, Cantor Fitzgerald; the focus of which was to dissect the multifarious influences and impact of globalization on world the economy and international security, and produce a series of highly sophisticated war game workshops. Thought leaders from Wall Street, academia and national security concerns participated in three of the war game workshops at One World Trade Center. The series ended, as did Cantor Fitzgerald's participation, after the 9/11 tragedy.

From November 2001 to June 2003, Barnett served as Assistant for Strategic Futures in the Office of Force Transformation, a newly created unit within the Department of Defense. Here, he was charged with engineering a stratagem that would capitalize on the Defense Department's capabilities in the post 9/11 environment. Mr. Barnett also heads his own consulting practice, which he started in 1998.

During his tenure, Barnett's expertise has been sought out by government and corporate leaders throughout the world. He has been an invitational speaker at the CIA, the Defense Department, and Britain 's House of Commons, and has authored numerous articles for TheNew York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and Esquire Magazine. In 2002, Esquire named Barnett "The Strategist" for a special edition entitled, "The Best and the Brightest." This was followed in March of 2003 with the magazine's publication of his landmark article, "THE PENTAGON'S NEW MAP." Here, using historical, political and economic analysis to support his stance, Barnett threw out the notion of the "great power war model," and introduced a pioneering operating strategy that he believed would thwart off terrorism and strengthen international security.

The article gave way to his most recent book entitled, "THE PENTAGON'S NEW MAP: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century," published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. In this book, Barnett contends that the U.S., while entrenched in the throws of unprecedented threats to national security, is at a pivotal point of, as he puts it, "incredible promise" to take the lead in altering economic and military strategies to defeat terrorism and live in global harmony.

This lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.