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Challenges of Coalition Operations

Mon, May 23, 2011, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

You are cordially invited to a discussion with

Colonel Boyette S. (Steve) Hasty, USMC (Ret.)

on the topic of
Challenges of Coalition Operations

Monday, May 23
6:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

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Colonel Hasty left high school in 1968 at age 17 to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He subsequently served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, the last as a Staff Sergeant commanding the Marine Security Guard Detachment assigned to the U.S. Consulate General in Can Tho, Republic of Vietnam.  His small unit fought the last U.S. ground action in Vietnam during the evacuation of that country in April 1975, and became the most decorated Marine Security Guard Detachment in the history of the Marine Security Guard Program.

Selected for appointment as a Warrant Officer in 1976, he completed the Basic Course at Quantico, Virginia followed by the Naval Intelligence Officer Course at Lowrey Air Force Base, Colorado.  He reported for duty as the Chief Analyst in the G2 (Intelligence) section of the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California in January 1978.  In May of 1978 he was chosen to be the S2 (Intelligence) officer of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as that unit inaugurated the Marine Corps Infantry Battalion Unit Rotation Deployment Program.  While with the battalion he completed two six-month tours in Okinawa, Japan, deploying for exercises throughout the Pacific Islands, Korea, and the Philippines.  During this time he completed numerous specialized military courses, and graduated as the honor graduate of his classes at Scout-Sniper School, Remote Sensor Operations School, and the Political Warfare School.  While with the battalion he was selected for the Limited Duty Officer Program, and commissioned a First Lieutenant.

After serving as the 1st Marine Division G2 Special Projects Officer, he transferred to the Headquarters, Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida in 1982 for service as Senior Indications and Warning Watch Officer in the J2 (Intelligence) Directorate.  When the RDJTF transitioned to become Headquarters, U.S. Central Command he was promoted to Captain and assumed duties as the Chief, Counter-terrorism Intelligence Branch, with concurrent duties as the CINC’s Intelligence Briefing Officer.

In January 1987 he transferred to Washington, DC for duty under instruction in the College Degree Completion Program at George Washington University.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1988 with degrees in Middle East Studies and  International Relations, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and to Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

He reported to the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Okinawa, Japan in August 1988 for duty as Deputy Chief of Staff, G2, and later as the G-2, spending much of his tour in the Philippines in conjunction with anti-terrorism planning.  Promoted to Major in April 1989, he was selected for augmentation as an unrestricted officer.

Colonel Hasty was transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC in August 1989 for duty as a Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collections Officer, serving concurrently as the Directorate Briefing Officer.  Volunteering for combat duty in 1990, he was assigned as a National Military Intelligence Support Team (NMIST) Commander and deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation DESERT SHIELD to the Headquarters, U.S. Central Command (Forward). In early January 1991 he was assigned to command the NMIST team supporting the Headquarters, U.S. Army VII Corps, and served with that unit throughout Operation DESERT STORM.  In April 1991 he volunteered to transfer to serve as the NMIST Commander assigned to Headquarters, Combined Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT.  During that operation he served throughout Turkey and Northern Iraq, concurrently filling the position of DIA NMIST Operations Officer, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), responsible for the employment of all NMIST units in the EUCOM AOR.

Upon return to the U.S. in August 1991 he was selected as DIA’s Military Nominee to attend the Defense Intelligence College’s Postgraduate Intelligence Course.  He completed the school in September 1992, becoming the first student in the school’s history to complete five major academic concentrations.  He subsequently reported for duty in Okinawa, Japan as the Officer-in-Charge of the III Marine Expeditionary Force G2 All-source Analysis Center.  In December 1992 he volunteered to lead an augmentation detachment of Marines to join the Headquarters, United Task Force (UNITAF) in Somalia for service during Operation RESTORE HOPE.  He served as the UNITAF J2 Current Intelligence Officer until redeploying in May 1993.

Selected for the Foreign Area Officer Program, he reported in August 1993 for Arabic Language instruction at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and graduated in November 1994.  In January 1995 he transferred to the U.S. Embassy, Cairo, Egypt for Phase II of the program.  From January 1995 through June 1996 he traveled extensively throughout North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the Middle East in conjunction with his duties.

In August 1996 he reported for duty to Headquarters, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for duty as Commanding Officer, 2nd Intelligence Company (later re-designated 2nd Intelligence Battalion).  During this tour he deployed for duty in Haiti, Bosnia, and Cuba, as well as counter drug operations in Peru and on the U.S.-Mexican border, and winter warfare exercises in Norway.

 He was then selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College, where he graduated with distinction in 1999, earning a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies and National Security.  In August 1999 he transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC for duty as Deputy Director of Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) J2 (Intelligence) Directorate, where he was promoted to Colonel.  He was subsequently selected to attend the Department of Defense National Security Studies Executive Training Program at Syracuse University, New York, graduating in November 2000.

He served as the CJ-2 (Chief of Intelligence) for the NATO multinational KFOR (Kosovo Force) in Kosovo and Macedonia from January to July 2001.  Colonel Hasty commanded the Marine Security Guard Battalion (State Department) (later re-designated Marine Embassy Security Group), Quantico, Virginia, from August 2001 through August 2003, assuming command less than three weeks before the 11 September terrorist attacks.  In that capacity he was responsible for all Marine Security Guards assigned to the Department of State at designated U.S. diplomatic facilities throughout the world, and spent over half of the tour deployed overseas.

Following his command tour Colonel Hasty reported for duty with the JCS J-2 Intelligence Directorate, and volunteered for deployment to Iraq, where he served half of his tour as the Combined Joint Task Force Intelligence Operations Officer, followed by service as the Officer-in-charge of the Mujahedeen e-Khalk Review Board where he was responsible for the assessment and disposition of 4,000 detained members of an ethnic Iranian militia designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

Upon his return from Iraq he was assigned to duty as the JCS J2 Deputy Director for Crisis Operations, with responsibilities including CJCS and Combatant Command Exercise Support; the National Intelligence Support Team (NIST) program; the brokering of Combatant Command Requests for Forces and Individual Augmentation for intelligence personnel world wide; and the DIA and JCS J2 Continuity of Operations (COOP) program.  He subsequently volunteered for deployment and served as the Chief, Theater Joint Document Exploitation Center, Afghanistan, with concurrent duty as Chief of Document Exploitation for the NATO International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan from March 2006 through September 2006.  In October 2006 Colonel Hasty was assigned as the inaugural Chief of the Defense Intelligence Support Office-Afghanistan.  He returned from his second Afghan deployment in March 2008, subsequently serving as Senior Operations Officer, Global Intelligence Operations Center, Defense Intelligence Operations Coordination Center, Defense Intelligence Agency.  At the time of his retirement in 2009 he was the senior active duty colonel in the Marine Corps, as well as the longest continuously serving Marine on active duty.

Colonel Hasty’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and three Gold Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor Device and Gold Star, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with three Gold Stars, the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award Medal, 18 U.S. and foreign Unit Citations, and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with Star.  Colonel Hasty is married to the former Mary Canciglia of Vienna, Virginia.  They have an unruly and mentally deficient Golden Retriever.