Covering War: A Current Look at the Evolving Nature of Warfare and Media Coverage

Date:   Sunday, March 26, 2006
Speaker:  Dodge Billingsley
, Independent Filmmaker and Defense Analyst

This presentation is a program of the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes understanding of diverse traditions, values, and ideas through informed public discussion.

Dodge Billingsley is Director of Combat Films and Research, and has documented numerous global hot spots including Bosnia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Peru, Bolivia, eastern Turkey, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, western China, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was present at the Qala Jangi fortress uprising in November 2001 and the subsequent film, House of War, airs on CNN. He participated in Operation Anaconda and is currently working with the US Army on a multi-media book and documentary focused on that operation. He embedded with India Company 3/7 Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 (OIF1), and his subsequent film, Virgin Soldiers, currently airs on Discovery’s Military Channel. He embedded with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Mosul Iraq during OIF. He was a stringer for CBS News for both operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Billingsley has lectured at universities and military installations including the General Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies and the Foreign Military Studies Office and is also a frequent contributor to defense publications including Jane’s Intelligence Review and Journal of Electronic Defense. He has a BA in History from Columbia University and a MA in War Studies from the Dept of War Studies, King’s College, London.

“For over ten years, Dodge Billingsley has been covering war and conflict in such far-flung places as the Republic of Georgia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His presentation will focus on the two ongoing U.S. conflicts abroad and discuss how the nature of war, and covering war, has evolved. Issues of objectivity, censorship, friction between the military and media, embedded journalism, and the nature and impact of war coverage will all be examined in this discussion.”