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Modern warfare subject of BYU lecture Oct. 26

Dodge Billingsley, director of Combat Films and Research, will deliver a lecture titled “In the Fog: Making Sense of the Modern War Story” Wednesday, Oct. 26, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Billingsley began covering conflict in 1993, work that has taken him to many wars and contested regions including Bosnia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Peru, Bolivia, eastern Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, western China, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya. Billingsley splits his time between documentary film, writing, lecturing and consulting.

He recently co-authored "Operation Anaconda: America’s First Major Battle in Afghanistan" (forthcoming fall 2011), as he was among the few on the ground to document the U.S.-led Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Shah i Kot Valley in 2002. He has traveled in and out of the Caucasus many times since 1993 and is writing a book on Chechen tactics for the U.S. Marine Corps based on dozens of first-person interviews collected from Chechen combatant veterans.

A recipient of a MacArthur Regional Security Travel Grant for his work in Abkhazia, he is a frequent contributor to various defense and security-related journals, including Jane’s Intelligence Review and the Harriman Review.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

Writer: Melissa Connor

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