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Press Release ยท Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Press Release
November 20, 2001
January Lecture Series at the National Archives

Washington, DC . . . In January, the National Archives and Records Administration presents a special U.S. Military Lecture series with topics relating to military history, the Pacific Theater of World War II, a new design for military landpower, and the impact of militarization on American society.

The programs are free and open to the public and will take place in Room 105 at the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, unless otherwise noted. The public may verify times and dates by calling the National Archives public events line at (202) 501-5000. TDD users may call (202) 501-5404.

Tuesday, January 8 - U.S. Military Lecture Series
Major Donald Vandergriff (USA) will discuss his book, Spirit, Blood, and Treasure: The American Cost of Battle in the 21st Century. The military history of the United States is marked by a national defense that tends to look toward and prepare for the war that was just fought. This anthology, edited by Major Vandergriff, is organized along the lines of what the influential military theorist John Boyd called "People, Ideas, Hardware," with each chapter relating to one of those themes. Contributors to this book include active and retired military officers, noncommissioned officers, and defense specialists, some of whom will join Major Vandergriff for the question and answer session. Major Vandergriff is an active-duty army officer currently serving as deputy director of the Army ROTC at Georgetown University. Noon. Reservations are recommended; call (202) 208-7345. And at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, on Tuesday, January 22 at noon.

Wednesday, January 9 - U.S. Military Lecture Series
Professor Robert Smith Thompson will discuss his book, Empires on the Pacific: World War II and the Struggle for the Mastery of Asia. By moving China to center stage, Thompson expands the traditional boundaries of the Pacific Theater of World War II. He reasons that the United States meant to replace Britain as the dominant power in Asia and saw Japan as a direct threat to that dominance. Thompson's analysis alters the standard