Major General Paul D. Eaton, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Major General Paul Eaton

Senior Advisor

Major General Paul D. Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. Eaton has appeared on a number of news and commentary programs including Face the Nation, Hardball and all major networks.  During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.

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In the News

Paul Eaton Quoted by Breaking Defense on Training the Syrian Opposition

Proxy War Protocols: How to Make Syrian Opposition Work By James Kitfield November 11, 2014 | Breaking Defense “I think the best model is what our Special Operations Forces and CIA paramilitary accomplished when they married U.S. airpower to the Northern Alliance fighters in 2001, and rapidly toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan. That’s where I think […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Foreign Policy on the Syrian and Iraqi Militaries

Do Iraq and Syria No Longer Exist, and if so?: Yes, and that’s a big reason why their militaries simply won’t be effective By Thomas E. Ricks October 28, 2014 | Foreign Policy  Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general who oversaw the training of the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004: “Creating a soldier […]

Paul Eaton Quoted by Agence France-Presse on Training Afghan Army

To avoid Iraq-style chaos, U.S. must back Afghans, experts warn By Nicholas Revise and Daniel De Lucel October 3, 2014 | Agence France-Presse Washington will have to stand by Afghanistan for years, training and funding its army until Kabul can sign a peace deal with the Taliban, or it will follow Iraq in sliding into chaos, experts warn. The […]

Paul Eaton Quoted by the New York Times on Obama’s ISIS Strategy

A White House Position That Stands on a Narrow Definition of War By Mark Landler September 18, 2014 | New York Times The American advisers are armed, and if they are shot at by the enemy, they are authorized to return fire. In a close combat advisory role in a city, experts said, the American […]

Paul Eaton Quoted by the New York Times on the Islamic State

U.S. General Open to Ground Forces in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq By Mark Landler and Jeremy Peters September 16, 2014 | New York Times The challenge will come, General Dempsey said, when Iraqi and Kurdish forces try to drive the militants out of densely populated urban areas like Mosul. In those cases, General Dempsey […]

Paul Eaton on CNN Discussing ISIS Strategy with Candy Crowley

Major Gen. Paul Eaton discusses ISIS strategy on State of the Union with Candy Crowley September 14, 2014 | CNN For the original interview, click here 

Paul Eaton Discussing Obama’s ISIS Strategy on Gannet’s Defense News

Major Gen. Paul Eaton interviewed by Gannet’s Defense News with Vago Muradian on President Obama’s ISIS Strategy September 12, 2014 | Gannet’s Defense News   For the original interview, click here

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Retraining the Iraqi Army

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Retraining the Iraqi Army Retraining Iraq’s fractured army: Will it work this time? By Heath Druzin  September 11, 2014 | Stars and Stripes  Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who oversaw training of the Iraqi forces in the early days of the Iraq War, said that after […]

Paul Eaton on BBC Radio News Discussing the Islamic State

September 11, 2014 | BBC Radio News The World Tonight   For the original piece, click here.

Paul Eaton Quoted in AFP on Training Forces in Iraq and Syria

US hopes training local forces will work – this time September 11, 2014 | AFP Dating back to Vietnam, US attempts to construct professional armies often have faltered, usually because the local leaders see the military as a means of holding on to power rather than defending the country, experts say. The most recent failure […]

Paul Eaton Interviewed by CNBC’s Fast Money on ISIS

September 11, 2014 | CNBC’s Fast Money Major Gen. Paul Eaton shares his view of President Obama’s strategies against ISIS, and the opportunity for other countries to step up.     To see the original post, click here.

Paul Eaton Quoted in New York Times on ISIS Strategy

New Military Campaign Extends a Legacy of War By Peter Baker September 10, 2014 | The New York Times Barry Pavel, a former Obama national security aide now at the Atlantic Council, said the president might be acting too tentatively. “I’m not sure half-steps into Syria are ultimately going to achieve the president’s goals,” he […]

Paul Eaton Quoted on CNN.com on US Efforts to Contain ISIS

Two things that could hinder US efforts to ‘destroy’ ISIS By Deena Zaru September 10, 2014 | CNN.com The United States welcomed the transition with the hope that al-Abadi will lead Iraq into stability. “It appears to me that the United States is trying to contain ISIS to buy time for a political solution in […]

How Obama can really defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq and beyond | Paul Eaton

How Obama can really defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq and beyond By Major General Paul Eaton, James G Stavridis, and Michael D Barbero  September 10, 2014 | The Guardian  A real coalition of the willing, by Ret Maj Gen Paul D Eaton Goals: don’t degrade and destroy without diplomacy The disrupt-and-defeat phase may be coming, but the […]

Six Strategies Obama Could Use to Fight the Islamic State | Paul Eaton

By Major General Paul Eaton, Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Michael Hirsh, Douglas Feith, Lt. Gen. David Barno, and Adm. James Stavridis August 29, 2014 | Politico Lead a Diplomatic and Economic Offensive, by Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton The Islamic State has demonstrated that it understands the principles of war—mass, objective, offensive, surprise, economy of force, maneuver, unity of […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Washington Examiner on Afghan Strategy

Experts argue Iraq woes should lead to new strategy in Afghanistan By Susan Crabtree  August 14, 2014  In light of Iraq‘s current problems, some national security experts thinkPresident Obama should rethink his exit strategy in Afghanistan. Moderate voices in the national security community have begun to urge President Obama to reconsider imposing a firm draw-down timeline in Afghanistan after the […]

Paul Eaton Interview on Iraq with John Gambling Show

August 11, 2014 | John Gambling Show NSN Senior Advisor Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.) interviewed on the John Gambling Show. To listen to the full interview, click play below. .

Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton On Fox Business Discussing Iraq With Matt Welch

Fox Business’s Matt Welch interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Iraq July 29th, 2014 | Fox Business  To watch full interview, click here.  

Paul Eaton Quoted in The Bellingham Herald on U.S.-Iran Relations

Is the enemy of our enemy our friend? By William Douglas June 25, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald The United States considers Iran a top state sponsor of terrorism, a budding nuclear threat and a meddlesome supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime in civil war-torn Syria. But those negatives apparently aren’t enough to prevent Washington from considering […]

Paul Eaton Interviewed By The Joe Piscopo Show On Iraq

Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.), NSN Senior Advisor, speaks about Iraq on The Joe Piscopo Show.  June 20, 2014 | AM 970 WNYM  To listen to the interview, click here. 

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