Issues in National Security and Public Policy Presented Through the United States War College Eisenhower Series Program

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Moderated by US diplomat Chuck Bennett, fellows from the United States Army War College academic program will present short talks on issues of national security and public policy, based on their areas of specialty. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Capehart (US Army) addresses "Hybrid Warfare and NATO: Redefining Article 5 for the 21st Century." Colonel Haruna Ibrahim (Army of Nigeria) discusses "The War on Extremist Groups in West Africa: Boko Haram and the Nigerian Case." Colonel Mike Baim talks about "War for Humanitarian Purpose."

Then, an open Q&A session will allow audience members to join in the discussion.

Location: Hoskins Hall, Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

The presentations address current government policies, and presenters will share personal views based on their own experiences, research and reflection. Their presentations will represent a global experience.

The Eisenhower Series College Program was established in 1969 as a United States Army War College academic outreach program. It is provided at no cost to the hosting institutions and encourages dialogue on national security matters and other public policy issues between students at the Army’s senior educational institution and public at civic organizations and universities.


Chuck Bennett is a career U.S. diplomat who has worked with the Department of State for over 31 years, and is currently a professor in International Relations at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Chuck has spent much of his career working in China and South East Asia, most recently completing an assignment as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. He has twice served at the United States Embassy in Beijing, and has also worked in Taipei at the American Institute in Taiwan. Additionally, Chuck has served in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand, and; Manila, Philippines. In Washington Chuck has served as a desk officer in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. A native of Seattle, Chuck is a graduate of the University of Washington and Western Washington University.   

Colonel Mike Baim has over twenty years of active duty experience in the U.S. Army. As an Engineer Officer, he has commanded an engineer company, an engineer battalion, and selected to command an engineer brigade beginning in 2019. Colonel Baim has served outside the United States in Nicaragua, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan and has conducted a wide range of missions from humanitarian relief operations to major combat operations. 

Colonel Baim graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1997 with a degree in civil engineering. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Military Art and Science and is currently completing a Master of Strategic Studies. Colonel Baim also served as an Army Research Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.

Colonel Baim’s unique experiences include humanitarian relief in Nicaragua; service as a plans and operations officer during the preparation and invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Armored Division; a plans officer in U.S. Army Europe managing a portfolio of plans for countering transnational threats; an operations officer in Afghanistan responsible for coordinating the clearance of major roads, construction of combat outposts and forward operating bases, and training Afghan engineer forces; a program strategist in the Pentagon with the Department of the Army G-8 Program Analysis and Evaluation Division; and most recently as a branch manager at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command responsible for the assignments of over 4,000 active duty engineer officers.

Colonel Baim’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (three awards) for both service and achievement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Purple Heart for wounds received in action in Baghdad, Iraq, the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Sapper Tab and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Colonel Mike Baim is married to Rebekah Godlin Baim of Woodlake, CA, who is also a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, with a degree in economics. They have two children - Abigail, who is a student at the University of California-San Diego studying International Studies, and Sarah, who is a sophomore in high school and plans to study engineering/physics/mathematics in college. The family enjoys both international travel and spending time on family orchards in California.  

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen E. Capehart is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He entered the United States Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Tennessee in 1999. Commissioned as an armor officer, Lieutenant Colonel Capehart has served in a variety of command and staff positions to include command of the 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment and the Operations Officer of the 4th Infantry Division. His operational assignments include the continental United States, Germany, Kosovo, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Kuwait, and three combat tours in Iraq. In addition, he holds a master degree in international relations from Webster’s University and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Currently, he is a resident student at the United Sates Army War College located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Colonel Capehart is married with three children.

COL Abdullah Haruna Ibrahim (IBRO) is a military police officer from Nigeria. He is a graduate of the department of history from the Nigerian Defence Academy. Ibrahim has two masters’ degrees in Law Enforcement and Criminal justices, and the second masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy all from the sir Ahamadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria.

He has 26 years of military service and has served in various capacities among which include infantry platoon commander, adjutant, and company commander. He was an instructor at both the Nigerian Defence Academy and in the Nigerian Army School of the military police. He was the first Nigerians deputy Defence Adviser to Nigeria in Malaysia and has commanded 3 Military Police Divisions of the Nigerian Army. His last appointment was the Military Assistant to the Nigerian Army chief of Army staff, and he is currently attending the U.S Army war college class of 2019 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the first International Fellow to be a member of the Eisenhower Series College Program.

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