Q&A: Gary Vogler

The longest-serving American in Iraq's oil sector gives an insider's account of tactical victories, strategic blunders, and hidden agendas in post-2003 reconstruction.
Q&A: Gary Vogler
Gary Vogler (left) and Thamir Ghadhban, then minister of oil, in Ghadhban's office, July 2004. (Source: Gary Vogler)

Gary Vogler was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Mobil Oil, and ExxonMobil when he joined the Pentagon's pre-invasion Energy Infrastructure Planning Group (EIPG) in 2002.

He stayed on for two more years as a senior oil advisor to the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) and the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). He returned to Iraq in 2006, serving as a consultant and advisor to the U.S. government until 2011.

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