“Team of Teams” Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Speak at University of San Diego

Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, who reimagined the Joint Special Operations Task Force to successfully fight Al Qaeda in Iraq, will speak at the University of San Diego on Friday, Nov. 20. The event takes place at 7:30 a.m. in the university’s Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall.

When McChrystal took over the task force in 2004, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly and then vanish into the local population.
He reimagined the task force to create a “team of teams” – faster, flatter and more flexible – to defeat Al Qaeda.

McChrystal, now retired and author of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,” will share how the challenges he faced can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. As he shows in his book, the team of teams strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organizations large and small.

The University of San Diego’s School of Business and Administration (SBA) and School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) are sponsoring the event. Tickets are $20 and include a continental breakfast and copy of the book. The event, including the book, is free to USD alumni, students, staff and faculty.

For more information and registration go to or call (619) 260-7460.

















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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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