Jeffrey McCausland, 1981

 Dr. Jeff McCausland is a Visiting Professor of International Security Affairs at Dickinson College and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Research and Minerva Chairholder at the US Army War College. He is a retired Colonel, holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a West Point graduate. His military assignments included: the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Army Staff; command of an artillery battalion during the Gulf War; Dean of the Army War College; and Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council Staff, the White House. Since retiring he has served as a Chaired Professor of Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy and subsequently a Visiting Professor at the Penn State Graduate School of International Affairs. Dr. McCausland is also a national security consultant for CBS radio and television as well as a Senior Fellow at both the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy. He has published and lectured broadly both in the United States and in numerous foreign countries on national security affairs, NATO, the wars in Afghanistan/Iraq, and leadership development. He is married to the former Marianne Schiessl and they have three children -- Tanya, Nick, and Phillip.


Battlefield Nuclear Weapons and NATO Defense Doctrines


"Conventional Weapons, Arms Control, and Strategic Stability in Europe, in Strategic Stabilty: Contending Interpretations Carlisle Barracks: U.S. Army War College, February 2013.

"A US Perspective on Dealing With Today's Security Challenges -- Doing Less with Less", in The British Army 2012, London: NewsDeskMedia, April 2012, pp. 140-147. Available at :

Tactical Nuclear Weapons and NATO (contributing editor), Carlisle Barracks: U.S. Army War College, May 2012.

"Arms Control and the New Strategic Concept", NATO's New Strategic Concept, London: NewsDeskMedia, October 2010, pp. 57-61.

“Salvaging the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty Regime: Options for Washington”, Brookings Institute, March 2010.

“Obama’s War”, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, September 2009,

“The Future of the CFE Treaty – Why It Still Matters”, East-West Institute, June 2009.

“The Potential of the CFE Treaty to Stabilize Security Relations of States Parties in a Regional Context”, paper presented at Berlin Seminar on Conventional Arms Control, Berlin, Germany, September, 2008 and subsequently published by the German Foreign Ministry.

“An American Detainee “Strategy”, in The Rule of Law Today – The War on Terror and Immigration Reform, Pennsylvania Bar Association, April 2008.

Developing Strategic Leaders for the 21st Century, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, February 2008.

The Other Special Relationship: the United States and Australia at the Start of the 21st Century, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, February 2007, editor and contributing author.

“Who Will Answer the Call to Service?”, Washington Post, 2 July 2007,

“Iraq After the Surge”, Maxim News Network New York, NY, 13 November 2007,

Educating Strategic Leaders in an Age of Uncertainty – The Future of Military War Colleges, a report to the Smith-Richardson Foundation, December 2005.

US-UK Relations at the Start of the 21st Century, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, November 2005, co-editor and contributing author.

“Iraq and the Chameleon of War”, American Foreign Policy Interests, Volume 26, Number 2, April 2005.

Beyond Gold Water-Nichols: Defense Reform for a New Strategic Era, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 2004 (contributing author).

“Developing Strategic Leaders for the Twenty-First Century”, American Foreign Policy Interests, Volume 26, Number 2, April 2004.

“Globalization, Terrorism, and Strategic Leadership”, Naval Institute Proceedings, (Spring 2003).

“Squaring the Circle”: Cooperative Security and Military Operations, Institute for National Security Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy, Occasional Paper 45, July 2002.

Conventional Arms Control on the Korean Peninsula, Center for Strategic and International Studies Working Group ( contributing author), Washington, D.C., August 2002.

“The Role of Strategic Leaders”. In The Future of the Army Profession, ed. Don Snider and Gayle Watkins, McGraw Hill Primus Custom Publishing, April 2002.

“Transforming Strategic Leader Education for the 21st Century Army”, Parameters, Volume XXXI, No. 3. (Autumn 2001). Reprinted in the Canadian and Turkish defense journals.

“The Past as Prologue – CFE and European Security”. In Defense and Security for the 21st Century, ed. Peter Jenner, London, United Kingdom: Atalink Limited, 2000.

“Conflict Termination and Conflict Prevention”, Austrian Military Journal (February 2000).

“Endgame and the OSCE Summit.” Arms Control Today (September/October 1999).

“Governments, Societies, and Armed Forces – What the Gulf War Portends.” Parameters, Volume XXIX, No. 2 (Summer 1999).

“Carts and Horses – An Arms Control Strategy for a New Europe.” Parameters, Volume XXIX, No. 1 (Spring, 1999).

“Arms Control and Baltic Security.” In Baltic Security: the Long View from the Region, ed. Charles Dick, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom: Conflict Studies Research Center, 1997.

“Arms Control and the Dayton Accord.” European Security, Volume 6, Number 2 (Summer 1997).

“NATO, Russia, and the CFE Treaty.” Arms Control Today (Autumn 1997).

“Conflict Prevention and Arms Control.” Osterreichische Militarische Zeitschrift (November 1997).

Jeffrey D. McCausland and Robin Dorff, “Forward.” In Will NATO Go East? The Debate Over Enlarging the Atlantic Alliance, ed. David Haglund, Kingston, Ontario: Queen’s University Centre for International Relations, 1996.

The Political Context of Arms Control in Europe. Hamburg, Germany: Nomus Publishers, 1996 (contributing author).

Conventional Arms Control and European Security. London, England: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1996.

“Conventional Arms Control.” In Arms Control Toward the 21st Century, ed. Jeffrey Larsen and Gregory Rattray, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1996.

The Transatlantic Alliance on the Eve of the New Millennium. Nijmegen, Holland: Kluwer-Lowe International Publishers, 1996 (contributing author).

"The CFE Treaty: Building European Security." Strategic Forum, Number 48 (October 1995).

"The Indivisibility of Arms Control: Saving the CFE Treaty." The Atlantic Council of the United States, Volume VI, Number 9 (14 September 1995).

The CFE Treaty: A Cold War Anachronism? Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania: Strategic Studies Institute, 1995.

"Conventional Forces Europe (CFE) Treaty -- Threats from the Flanks." Airpower Journal (May 1995).

The Gulf War--A Military Analysis. London, England: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1993.

"Soviet Short Range Nuclear Forces and Arms Control." International Defense Review (October 1990).

"The National Volksarmee." Military Review (February 1990).

Short Range Nuclear Forces: Modernization and Arms Control. London, England: Council for Arms Control, 1989 (contributing author).

"Soviet Command and Control Disruption." Field Artillery Journal (October 1987).

"The East German Army--Spearpoint or Weakness?" Defense Analysis, Edition 2, Volume 2 (Spring 1986).

"Dual Track or Double Paralysis?" Armed Forces and Society Volume 12, Number 3 (Spring 1986).

"Soviet Short Range Nuclear Weapons and Doctrine." Comparative Strategy, Volume 5, Number 3 (1985).

Conventional Deterrence. Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, 1984 (contributing author).

"The SS20--A Range of Choices." Naval War College Review (Fall, 1983).

"German Politics and Alliance Unity." Parameters (December 1983).

"The SS-20: Military and Political Threat?" The Fletcher Forum (Winter 1982).

Fields of Study

  • US diplomatic history, international law, and security studies.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

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  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Research and Minerva Chairholder, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, 2010.

    Recipient of a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation to conduct an extended study on the future of Senior Service Colleges in the United States, 2004.

    Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, NY.

    Senior Fellow, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

    Senior Associate Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, DC.

    Recipient of the Robert E. Linhard Award for Outstanding Research, Institute for National Security Studies, United States Air Force Academy, 1999.

    Awarded the General Matthew Ridgeway Chair for Exceptional Scholarship, U.S. Army War College, 1995.

    Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, England, 1988-89 and 1992-93.

    John M. Olin Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1987-88.

    Fulbright Scholar, German Security Policy, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen, Germany, 1987.

    International Fellow to the Conflict Studies Research Center, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England, 1986

    Selected for membership in Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, 1983.

    Military awards include:
    Legion of Merit 2001
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 1999
    Army Commendation Medal, 1976, 1984
    Meritorious Service Medal, 1979, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996
    Army Staff Badge, 1989
    Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, 3 stars, 1991
    Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, 1992
    Bronze Star, 1991
    Valorous Unit Citation, 1991


In addition, I have lectured at Centre for Landwarfare Studies and Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi, India; National Defense University, Islamabad, Pakistan; Oxford University, England; Mershon Center, University of Munich, Brandt School of Global Public Policy, University of Erfurt (Germany); Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC; Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC; Ohio State University; Kings College, University of London; National War College of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria; Lowy Institute, Sydney, Australia; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; University of Hull, England; Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen, Germany; Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies, London; Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Geneva Center for Security Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; Austrian General Staff Academy, Vienna, Austria; Russian Institute for International Security Studies, Moscow; El Salvadoran War College, San Salvador; and Boston University.

Previous Experience

Thirty years in the United States Army from 1972 thru 2002. Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1972.

Academic experience as follows:

Visiting Professor of International Security Policy, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, June 2010 to present.

Taught course in contemporary issues of international security policy.

Taught course in American national security policy.Visiting Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, Penn State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, January, 2007 to 2010.

Taught graduate level course in individual and organizational leadership development.

Taught graduate level course in contemporary issues of international security policy.

Director of Leadership Initiative and Professor of International Studies, Department of International Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2004 to 2006.

Class of 1961 Chair of Leadership, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 2002-2004.

Taught basic leadership courses for incoming plebes and juniors.

Developed and taught a senior seminar entitled “Human Factors in Combat” for senior Midshipmen.

Senior Fellow, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany, 1996-1997.

Taught elective on conventional arms control and European security.

Lectured on European security issues as part of the core curriculum.

Director, Regional Studies Program, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1993-1996 and 1997-1998. Coordinated six instructors presenting courses on Africa, Asia, the Americas, Middle East, Commonwealth of Independent States, and Europe.

Taught Advanced Courses on "Contemporary Europe and European Security Structures."

Taught the Core Curriculum Courses including "War, National Policy and Strategy", "Capstone Exercise" and the "National Security Seminar".

Visiting Professor, University of Ankara, Turkey 1987. Lectured on U.S. national security.

Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, Kansas, 1985.

Taught two courses: 1) "Introduction to Western Civilization" and 2) "Political Philosophy from Aristotle to Burke".

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1981-84.

Taught four courses: 1) "International Relations -- Theory and Practice", 2) "Government and Politics of the U.S.", 3) "Role of Force in International Politics", and 4)"Comparative Civil-Military Politics".


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