Bing West is an author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration.
A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, he served in the Marine infantry. He was a member of the Force Recon team that initiated attacks behind North Vietnamese lines.
He wrote the counterinsurgency classic, The Village, that has been on the Commandant’s Reading List for 40 years.
This interview was conducted by Rob Long aboard the National Review cruise in November, 2014. We apologize in advance for the background noise during part of the interview.