Dakota Talk Promo: Fred Chiaventone

We have an excellent guest lined up for tomorrow’s podcast: Fred Chiaventone.


Mr. Chiaventone is a true modern “renaissance man.” In addition to having taught the current commander of operations in Iraq, General David Petraeus, Mr. Chiaventone has a bevy of other accomplishments and commendations to his name. I’ll let his biography speak for itself:

Frederick J. Chiaventone is a novelist, screenwriter, military historian, consultant, retired cavalry officer, Professor Emeritus for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and a commentator on current affairs for major newspapers nation-wide. With his vast experience in the field he has become an internationally recognized expert on guerrilla warfare, counter-terrorism operations, peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations, psychological operations, and broadcast media. His articles have appeared in American Heritage, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, The Washington Times’ Insight Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Foreign Service Journal, The Journal of the Army War College, Military Review, Army Times, The American Thinker, and many other professional publications. He is Contributing Editor to both the Historical Dictionary of the United States Army (Greenwood Press, London) and The Oxford Companion to American Military History (Oxford University Press).
In addition to his other qualifications, Chiaventone holds a Masters Degree in Film and Television Production from San Francisco State University and has written, produced, and directed documentaries and news programming for the Department of Defense. While at the Staff College he pioneered efforts to improve and expand military/media relations that would eventually result in the “embedded reporter” program. As an expert on counter-terrorism and guerrilla warfare, he and then President George Bush Sr. were interviewed by Gisela Duarte for the news program Frente a Frente for Salvadoran television. He now serves frequently as an historical consultant and advisor to film and television productions to include Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The West and TNT’s productions of The Rough Riders and Two For Texas (winner of the 1999 Western Heritage Award). He was also the Military/Historical Advisor and coach for principal actors for Ang Lee’s Civil War film Ride With The Devil (Universal/USA Films).
With over twenty years of active military service in combat arms, Chiaventone is the inventor of the U.S. Army’s Reserve Components Tank Commanders’ Course and the Directed Military Occupational Specialty Program. While assigned to the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and based on personal experience in the field, he taught senior military officers National Security Strategy, counter-terrorism and guerrilla warfare, as well as psychological operations, and news media operations. Two of his more prominent students and friends were Michael Sheehan — later Ambassador for Counter Terrorism Operations, and David Petraeus, now Lieutenant General Petraeus who is currently directing efforts to reorganize and retrain the Iraqi Army and Police forces.
While at the staff college Chiaventone pioneered efforts to integrate representatives of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the U.S. State Department (DOS) into the staff and faculty to ensure a coordinated approach to US strategy efforts. Recently he spent time in Equatorial Africa at the behest of the U.S. State Department training United Nations’ Peace Enforcement troops for potential combat duties in Liberia and the Congo. He was also a featured speaker at the opening of the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago. He has been a featured guest on Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated radio show “Morning in America” and John Gibson’s “The Big Story” on Fox News (television).

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