The Other Side of the Hill – An Iraqi Military Perspective on War with the United States


Date:               May 18, 2017

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary: The Iraqi Perspectives Project (IPP) was a ten year research effort designed to understand Operation Iraqi Freedom and related operations from the point of view of the Iraqi military.  Leveraging access to thousands of captured records and interviews with dozens of senior Iraqi officers and officials of Saddam Hussein’s government, the IPP developed a view of the 2003 invasion and other operations “from the other side of the hill.” This project, reminiscent of a similar effort following WWII, has made numerous important contributions to the development of military lessons as well as a more complete history of one of the longest and most controversial wars in US history.

Bio: Kevin M. Woods, is a defense analyst, historian, and the Deputy Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). Prior to joining IDA in 2004, Dr. Woods was a US Army aviator and served for over two decades in a variety of global assignments. In addition to degrees from Auburn University and the Naval War College, Dr. Woods had a Ph.D. in History from the University of Leeds where his dissertation explored institutional changes in the US military during the early Cold War.  Dr. Woods is the lead author of several books on Iraq including: The Iraqi Perspectives Report: Saddam’s Senior Leadership on Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006); The Mother of all Battles: Saddam Hussein’s Strategic Plan for the Persian Gulf War (2008); The Saddam Tapes: The Inner Workings of a Tyrant’s Regime 1978-2001 (2011); and The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History (2014).