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Ex-CENTCOM officer to offer assessment of 2014 Gaza War

Former Army Major General Michael Jones Former Army Major General Michael Jones Retired Army Maj. Gen. Michael Jones, former chief of staff for U.S. Central Command in Tampa, will present a militaryfocused assessment of the 2014 Gaza War on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

The program, arranged by the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation and Congregation Beth Am, will be held at the Tampa JCC & Federation on the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus.

Jones participated in an independent task force with four other retired general officers, sponsored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), that conducted a detailed assessment from a military point of view of the 2014 Gaza War and what lessons the U.S. should learn from it.

The report of the task force stands in sharp contrast to a recent United Nations report that was highly critical of Israel Defense Forces and not very critical of Hamas.

In an address to the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 30, Jones noted that his task force “concluded that the IDF consistently applied lawful criteria in their targeting. Conversely, we concluded that based on verifiable information on the launch sites, weapons and ammunition storage, command locations, and the trajectories of fired weapons, that Hamas habitually violated the law by attacking civilian targets with no military value, and deliberately placing Gazans at risk without military necessity.”

“Gen. Jones brings a remarkable understanding of operational military considerations to this complex issue, and the conclusions of the task force bring a fresh perspective. The Tampa Bay community is extremely lucky to have an opportunity to hear directly from Gen. Jones in an open forum,” says Lauren Weiner, a colleague of Jones and member of Congregation Beth Am.

Jones served in the U.S. Army for 34 years, including tours as the director of operations and the chief of staff for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the joint combatant command that oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his role as chief of staff, he managed an organization of more than 4,000 staff with a $100 million budget and direct oversight of all strategy, operations, intelligence, finance, and logistics for all U.S. Forces involved in three conflicts in a 20-country region.

He also served as the commander of the Civilian Police Advisory Assistance Team in Iraq during the “surge.” Other duties included service as deputy director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in multiple operational roles in Army armored divisions and joint command positions.

He retired from the Army in 2011 and currently is a member of the Spectrum Group, a government consulting and congressional relations firm. Jones also serves as a board member for Remember, Honor, Support and In Gear Career.

This program is free, but space is limited. Register online at or call Loni Lindsay at (813) 769-2802.

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