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Ronald S. Mangum

Professor and Program Director of National Security Studies
American Military University

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Episode Summary
This month, General Ronald Mangum (ret.) joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss the opportunities and challenges in leading a varied and non-linear career – from founding a successful US law practice, to senior operational military command, to foreign government adviser, and most recently to academia. What are the pedagogical challenges of adapting teaching methods to the digital environment? What are the unique adaptations needed to accommodate a global student body? How have his varied career experiences helped to inform his subsequent work, including his teaching?

Mangum shares reflections on his experiences as the Commanding General of United States Army Special Operations Command Korea; as manager of the Georgia Defense Reform Program in Tbilisi, Georgia; and as a Country Director for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Armenia, as well as his current role with an EU-funded cross-border tourist project that focuses on Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Greece.

Additional Resources
American Military University
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
Georgia’s National Security Review – a truly Whole of Government approach to national security planning
Contact Email: [email protected]

About Ronald S. Mangum
Mr. Mangum is an accomplished senior leader, diplomat and educator with over 35 years of combined civilian and military problem solving experience in positions of increasing leadership responsibility. His final military assignment was Theater Component Special Operations Commander in the Republic of Korea. In his civilian legal career he founded and managed the nationally recognized law firm Mangum, Smietanka & Johnson in Chicago, USA. He has taught homeland security, national security and intelligence courses at the Master’s level online for over nine years and is an accomplished author of books, chapters and articles on both law and military topics. He makes numerous seminar and speaking presentations before national and international audiences. He is an adviser to national level political and military leaders on developing and implementing national security systems. He has spent several years living and consulting in the Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia) and currently lives in Europe.


Recorded April 2014.