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 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. 

Paul Eaton Quoted By McClatchy DC On Iraq

Iraq vets say Obama’s promise of no combat for U.S. advisers will be hard to keep By James Rosen June 20, 2014 | McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Given how quickly Iraqi security forces have ceded large chunks of territory to Islamist militants in the last week, Americans who’ve fought in Iraq say President Barack Obama’s […]

Paul Eaton Quoted by National Defense Magazine On Iraq

After Iraq, Questions About Training Foreign Armies By Sandra I. Erwin June 19, 2014 | National Defense Magazine  The collapse of the Iraqi army is likely to raise new questions about U.S. military plans to train foreign allies to help fight insurgencies and terrorist groups. Building “partner capacity” has been a hallmark of U.S. military […]

Paul Eaton On CNN Discussing Iraq With Dana Bash And Gloria Borger

CNN’s Dana Bash and Gloria Borger interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Iraq June 15th, 2014 | State of the Union To watch the interview, click here.  BORGER:  Welcome back to STATE OF THE UNION.  I’m Gloria Borger. BASH:  And I’m Dana Bash.  Candy Crowley is off. We’re continuing to discuss the situation in Iraq and with us […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The National Review On Iraq

General Who Trained Iraqi Troops: U.S. ‘Must Stiffen the Spine’ Of Iraqis By Andrew Johnson June 15th, 2014 | The National review Eaton was confident that the Iraqi government could defend the country, pointing to the the Iraqi troops’ larger numbers and superior equipment. But the U.S. needs to play a role in helping to […]

Paul Eaton on MSNBC Discussing Iraq With Chris Matthews

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Iraq June 14, 2104 | MSNBC   To watch the interview, click here. 

Paul Eaton Quoted In Stars and Stripes On Iraq

Iraq Army’s Collapse May Hold Lessons For The Future By Chris Carroll June 14, 2014 | Stars and Stripes Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who was charged with establishing the Iraqi military in 2003 and 2004 and has been referred to as the “Father of the Iraqi Army” said Maliki’s intractability on a status of […]

Paul Eaton On Voice Of America Discussing Iraq With Arkaidy Orlov

Voice Of America’s Arkaidy Orlov interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Iraq June 13th, 2014 | Voice of America To watch the interview, click here. 

Paul Eaton Quoted In Global Post On Iraq

US Pulled Back Into Fires Of Iraq War June 13th, 2014 | Global Post As the White House huddles in crisis talks, the easiest option now facing Obama is to send in military advisors “to help the Iraqi army to do better with what they have. That’s the least problematic,” said retired major general Paul […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Agence France-Presse on Iraq

US Pulled Back Into Fires of Iraq War By Nicolas Revise June 13th, 2014 | Agence French-Presse As the White House huddles in crisis talks, the easiest option now facing Obama is to send in military advisors “to help the Iraqi army to do better with what they have. That’s the least problematic,” said retired […]

Paul Eaton on CNN Discussing Sgt. Bergdahl With Candy Crowley

  CNN’s Candy Crowley interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Sgt. Bergdahl Release June 8th, 2014 | CNN On CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) defended the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as “the whole fabric of the U.S. military is based upon the fact that we do not […]

NSN Senior Advisor Major General Paul Eaton (ret.) Signs Letter to Declassify Report on CIA Torture

Retired Military Leaders Urge White House to Lead Declassification of CIA Torture Report Published by Human Rights First  May 1, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Thirty of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals today urged President Obama to lead the declassification process of the Senate intelligence committee’s CIA torture report. The call came in a letter to […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Media Matters on Weapons Access on Military Bases

Military Veterans: Increasing Weapons Access After Fort Hood Shooting Could Create A “Wild West” Situation Joe Strupp April 3, 2014 | Media Matters   Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general and former commander at Fort Benning, Ga., stressed that anyone on military bases who carries weapons, such as military police, receives extra training. “We train our military […]

Paul Eaton Interviewed By SiriusXM Progress on Proposed Military Budget Cuts

Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.) Interviewed By Ari Rabin-Havt on The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress  to discuss proposed cuts to the military budget. February 26, 2014 |  The Agenda: SiriusXM Progress   Major General Paul D. Eaton, who served more than 30 years in the United States Army in combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Huffington Post On VP Cheney & Foreign Policy

Major General Criticizes Dick Cheney For Attacking Obama On Foreign Policy February 26, 2014 Paige Lavender | Huffington Post   Major General Paul D. Eaton criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney for hitting President Barack Obama on foreign policy. On Monday, Cheney criticized a proposal that called for shrinking the Army to its smallest size […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Defense Budget Cuts

Pentagon proposes deep cuts for US military bases, but would spare some  February 25, 2014 James Rosen (McClatchy Washington Bureau) | Stars and Stripes   WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The State On Military Budget Cuts

S.C. politicians howl over proposed Defense cuts February 24, 2014 James Rosen and Roddie Burris | The State   Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel could hit hard some S.C. military bases, including Columbia’s Fort Jackson, while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Politico On Robert Gates’ Book

The Secret Life of Robert Gates By Philip Ewing January 8, 2014 |Politico Robert Gates’s tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history. On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain-speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn’t returned to Washington to be a “bump on […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In Foreign Policy On CIA Oversight

We Can Handle the Truth The CIA’s excuses about torture just don’t hold water. By Rosa Brooks January 7, 2014 | Foreign Policy  Remember Abu Ghraib? Remember waterboarding, CIA “black sites,” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as depriving prisoners of sleep for over a week or requiring them to stay in agonizingly uncomfortable “stress positions” […]

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