Newsmaker: Lewis Irwin
Newsworthy: His newest book, “Disjointed Ways, Disunified Means: Learning from America's Struggle to Build an Afghan Nation,” outlines reforms that would enable the country to achieve strategic goals in spite of constrained resources and emerging threats.
Family: Wife, Marcia; daughter Mary, a West Point alumna and second lieutenant; daughter Eva, who is studying to be a teacher; and son Andrew, a freshman at West Point.
Occupation: Associate professor of political science at Duquesne University and brigadier general in the Army Reserves.
Education: Bachelor of Science, West Point; Masters and Doctorate in Political Science, Yale.
Background: Served in the first Gulf War and did a brief mission in Iraq in 2005, gathering information on lessons learned for the Army. His book is based on his experience in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 when he led a task force to design and implement a reform of the Afghan police.
Quote: “I have the best of all worlds. I am a practitioner in American government in the executive establishment and I get a chance to bring my experience and observations to the classroom at Duquesne. It's been a very good fit.”
— Debra Erdley