It’s time for the last installment of the AY22 Eisenhower Series. Brian Dudley and Kevin Payne join podcast editor Ron Granieri in the studio to share their thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the U.S. Army. In keeping with the Federal government and DoD the Army is continually revising its DEI policies “with the aim of maintaining a vibrant workforce that represents the wide-ranging backgrounds of the American people.” Brian and Kevin describe how their personal and professional experiences and studies have influenced their thoughts on DEI.
You want a force in which any American citizen who can meet the criteria for doing the job feels welcome in the force.
Brian Dudley is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Arizona Army National Guard. He has degrees in Exercise Science and Leadership in Disaster Management. He started his career as an enlisted Soldier, commissioned in 2003 and has experience in Field Artillery, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Recruiting, Logistics and WMD’s. His background also includes civilian experience with the Arizona Department of Corrections. LTC Dudley is married, has two children, and uses free time to dabble in car restoration, fitness training and fishing of all types. He is a graduate of the AY22 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Kevin Payne is a Colonel and a Military Police Officer with over 25 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army. His experiences include command at Camp Bucca Iraq and the United States Disciplinary Barracks with key developmental positions at Fort Hood, Texas and staff positions in the pentagon and at the United States army military police school. He has deployed on multiple occasions to Iraq and Afghanistan and in his next assignment he will take command of the 15th MP Brigade and he will be the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks Commandant at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a graduate of the AY22 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: West Point Class of 2020 Cadet Elizabeth Cross, center, spent Cadet Troop Leader Training with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii this past summer. Cross’ time with Coldsteel Company was the first time a woman had been embedded as a member of the company.
Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Cross
Other releases in the “Eisenhower Series”:
- PRESERVING DOMESTIC SECURITY
- OBSERVATIONS FROM NATO’S NORTHERN FRONT REVISITED
- CANDID CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY
- THE EISENHOWER SERIES COLLEGE PROGRAM: 50 YEARS OF OUTREACH
(BACK TO SCHOOL)
- TO WHAT END? INTERESTS AND VALUES IN AFGHANISTAN
- RECONSIDERING GREAT POWER COMPETITION
- STRATEGY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
- STUDYING SOFT POWER AT THE WAR COLLEGE
- DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION: THE DOD’S ROLE
- SERVICE TO THE NATION: CLOSING THE CIVIL-MILITARY DIVIDE