Author and Military Strategist Brian Haig Will Speak at Daemen College April 15

Author and Military Strategist Brian Haig Will Talk on Writing: "Fiction Explains Things Non-Fiction Can't"


March 20, 2013



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Author and Military Strategist Brian Haig will deliver a presentation at Daemen College

3 p.m., April 15, 2013. Haig’s talk, “Fiction Explains Things Non-Fiction Can’t,” will be held in Wick Social Room on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.


Haig spent 22 years on active duty before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1997 and going into private business. Haig’s first novel, “Secret Sanction,” was published in the summer of 2001, and was a national and Washington Post bestseller. His second novel, “Mortal Allies,” was released in spring 2002; his third, “The Kingmaker,” in January, 2003; and his fourth, “Private Sector,” in September, 2003. “Secret Sanction” has been optioned by Nicholas Cage and his production company for a future motion picture. Haig now writes full-time, and works as a Fox News military contributor.


Haig’s most recent novels are “The Hunted” and “The Capitol Game.”


Haig graduated from West Point in 1975, and was commissioned an infantry lieutenant. His first posting was an infantry battalion in Germany guarding Pershing Missiles, followed by three years as an infantry company commander at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was subsequently selected as an intern at the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, working in the Current Operations Directorate on the Lebanon peacekeeping operation.


The Army sent him to Harvard University for a Master's degree with a specialty in military strategy. For the next three years Haig was the global strategist on the Army staff, responsible for helping formulate the regional war plan for Southwest Asia; the global war plans against the Soviet Union; translating military requirements into the DOD budget; and advising the Army's senior leadership on global issues.


After a tour in a Bradley battalion in Germany, Haig transferred to Seoul, South Korea, where he spent three years as the Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command, the commander of all American and Republic of Korea forces in Korea, where his duties included drafting a new theater war plan, and devising a new military strategy regarding North Korea for the post-Cold War era. 


His final four years on active duty were as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, preparing all speeches, briefings, public statements, and congressional testimonies, as well as advising the Chairman on strategic, global and Asian regional issues.


After he retired in the summer of 1997, Haig became a Director, then President, of Erickson AirCrane, manufacturer and operator of the world's largest heavy helicopter fleet. He then spent a year as President of International Business Communications, a B2B internet company for the sale of aviation parts, before turning his attention to writing novels.


Haig has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Government from Georgetown University. His military awards include Airborne wings and the Ranger tab, two Legions of Merit, and the Distinguished Service Medal.


Brian Haig lives very happily with his wife and four children in New Jersey.



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