BGA Partner Ben Hodges’ op-ed on Trump’s approach at NATO in NPR

BGA Partner Ben Hodges' op-ed on Trump's approach at NATO in NPR

BGA Partner Ben Hodges produced an opinion piece published in NPR’s blog following the latest NATO Summit in Brussels. Ben gives his first hand account of US President Donald Trump’s “wrecking ball” approach to the summit as well his efforts to alienate some of the US’ most dependable allies, namely Germany, over increased defense spending. This took place all while there is growing economic friction over trade tariffs between the US and its neighbors in North America and its transatlantic partners in the EU.

Read Ben’s post here.

Ben Hodges

Ben Hodges

Ben's Bio

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's Education

Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Infantry.