Dr. Lawrence Franklin
Former USAF Reserve Colonel Military Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Israel
The Lawfare Project
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 @ 12:00PM
Kosher lunch will be served
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Dr. Lawrence Franklin was the first Department of Defense (DoD) civilian to serve in Afghanistan, after a 13-year period preceding the 9/11 terror attacks. Having survived the attack on the Pentagon, he was dispatched to Afghanistan by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, where he represented the Office of the Secretary in talks with Northern Alliance leaders. He was also part of a small inter-agency team to Pakistan, where he met with Afghan resistance leaders and Pakistani officials.
Franklin’s pre-deployment knowledge of Afghanistan was gleaned from his years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Senior Political-Military Officer on the USSR to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the Cold War, he frequently briefed the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also authored hundreds of intelligence products on Soviet involvement in the Third World, particularly in Africa.
In 1994, Franklin received the Exceptional Analyst Award under former CIA Director James Woolsey. From 1998 to 2004, he held the position of U.S. Air Force Reserve Military Attaché to the American Embassy in Israel. During this period, Franklin made at least ten trips to Israel, where he developed many high-level relationships with Israeli military and civilian intelligence officials. The mutually beneficial bilateral professional relationships and trusted friendships that he forged with our Israeli allies contributed to his being indicted in the AIPAC espionage investigation.
At the same time, between 2001 and 2004, Franklin served as the Pentagon’s Iran Desk Officer, and in 2003 was selected to work in the Office of Special Plans responsible for Iraq Policy Planning.
He is the author of a book, Islam’s Bloody Borders, and is completing a novel entitled Kalifat.