Marc Liebman, Author & Professional Speaker

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Role of a Senior Staff Officer
on the Seventh Fleet Staff

What attendees will learn:
What life as a senior staff officer on a deployed staff is like – one part diplomat, one part ally, one part military officer.

Overview:
During his career, Marc worked for the Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations for the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan. At the time, the fleet’s primary war-fighting roles could range from:

• Global war against the Soviet Union;
• A major regional conflict on the Korean peninsula;
• Fighting with the Peoples Republic of China; to
• Supporting allied nations such as the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand in counter-terrorism/insurgency/drug/piracy operations.

Depending on the day, meeting or phone conversation one could be:
1. Having a discussion with a foreign government’s defense ministry about what type of training could be included in a joint exercise; or
2. Chairing a conference call with U.S. State Department officials and others about evacuating U.S. citizens from a war torn country or sending ships to provide disaster relief from a typhoon, earthquake or monsoon; or
3. Briefing a four star general on Navy operations in support of his war planning goals and target selection; or
4. Working with an ally on a joint exercise or operation; or
5. Who knows what else? The challenges never stopped…