BGA Partner Ben Hodges was featured on Maybrit Illner’s television panel titled “Schutzmacht ade – muss Europa aufrüsten?” (“Goodbye protective power – should Europe upgrade?”) on ZDF. Also participating on the panel was German Minister of Defense Ursula Von der Leyen, former German Minister of Economics Oskar Lafontaine, Wolfgang Ischinger, the former German Ambassador to the UK and Professor Nicole Deitelhoff, Director of the Leibniz Institute Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research. The focus of the discussion centered on US President Donald Trump’s contentious comments against Germany during the most recent NATO summit, the role of Russia in the region, and European nations yet to meet the 2% of GDP defense spending threshold agreed to by NATO members.
Watch the segment here (German)
Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges is a BGA Partner and is a former Infantry Lieutenant in Germany. He commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels as the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also served in an operational assignment as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactic Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA: Coalition/Joint – 3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army, and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command. His last Military assignment was as Commander, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges currently holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Infantry.