Stephen Wright, 2007

Stephen Wright, PhD The Fletcher School Dr Stephen E. “Wilbur” Wright is a professor of political science and international/national security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama where he teaches courses in strategy and coercion, international relations theory, military theory, strategy and campaign planning, and contemporary defense issues. In December 2007, Colonel Wright completed a 30-year active duty career culminating as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Air War College. His active duty experience included tours as a major command battle staff director and information operations division chief, air operations center strategist, and numerous flying assignments, including two squadron command tours in the B-1B. He is a command pilot with over 3900 flying hours in the T-37, T/AT-38, B-52, and B-1B aircraft. Colonel Wright completed his doctorate in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He also holds master’s degrees from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Naval War College, and East Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

stephen.wright@us.af.mil

Dissertation

  • NATO in the 1990s: Redefining Alliance Theory

Fields of Study

International Systems Theory
International Security Studies
U.S. Diplomatic History

Presentations

Wright, Stephen E. “One Off or One for the Future,” presented at the 2012 Fletcher Doctoral Conference, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 28 September 2012.

“Airpower Lessons from Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector,” presented in a workshop at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris, France, 13 July 2012.

“Strategy-to-Planning II: By Design or Default?” A presentation delivered at the Air Mission Planning 2012 conference, London, UK, 12 June 2012.

_“Ten Propositions Regarding Extended Deterrence.” A presentation delivered at the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Symposium, San Antonio, TX, 12 January 2012.

Wright, Stephen E. and Michael W. Kometer. “Strategy to Planning.” A presentation delivered at the Air Mission Planning 2011 conference, London, UK, 1 March 2011.

Wright, Stephen E. “Deterrence: Relevance for the 21st Century.” A presentation delivered to the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence, 2010, hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Defence in Tallinn, Estonia of 16 September 2010.

_“Thinking About the Air Domain.” A presentation and paper delivered at the Strategy, Policy, and Requirements Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence conference titled, The IC [Intelligence Community] and Cyberspace: Traditions, Boundaries, and Governance, McLean, VA, 9 August 2010.

_“Teaching Strategy in the Air Force: Who, How, and Some Challenges in Making Strategy.” A presentation and paper delivered to the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, 17 February 2010.

_“Linking U.S. Grand Strategy to U.S. Strategic Security Strategy.” A presentation to the Air Education and Training Command Symposium 2010, San Antonio, TX, 15 January 2010.

_“Envisioning Air Force Culture.” A presentation prepared for the Director, Air Force Research Institute and delivered 10 September 2009 to support his discussions with the USAF Chief of Staff.

_“Linking U.S. Grand Strategy to Strategic Security Strategies.” A presentation prepared for and delivered August 2009 to the USAF A-10 for discussions with AF senior leaders.

_“Thinking Grand About Strategy.” Presentation to the Royal Danish Air Force Airpower Seminar, Royal Danish Air Force Academy, Ballerup, Denmark, 27-28 April 2009.

_“Thinking About Airpower Strategy.” Presentation to the Royal Danish Air Force Airpower Seminar, Royal Danish Air Force Academy, Ballerup, Denmark, 27-28 April 2009.

_“The NATO Alliance Post-Cold War.” Presentation to the American Legion and the Rotary Club International groups of Greenwood, MS, 7 July 2008.

_“Global Partnering for a Global Air Force.” Presentation to the Centre d’Études Stratégiques Aérospatiales, École Militaire, Paris, France 5 June 2008.

“Air Force Strategy for an Airpower Nation.” Presentation to the Centre d’Études Stratégiques Aérospatiales, École Militaire, Paris, France 5 June 2008.

“The Evolution of NATO in the 1990s.” Presentation to the Montgomery, AL Rotary International Club, 8 May 2008.

“Air Operations Center: The Strategist’s Perspective.” School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, 22 February 2008.

“Cyberspace Theory: Big Idea of Small Definition” on the Panel: The Implication of Cyber Power at The Fletcher School Doctoral Conference, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 11-12 October 2007.

“The Evolution of NATO Command Structures in the 1990s” on the Panel: NATO’s Post-Cold War Transformation at the NATO’s New Agenda Conference, the Political Science Students’ Conference, University of Manitoba, 31 January 2007.

“Panel: Flying and Fighting in Cyberspace -- Role of Academic Community” at the Montgomery Information Technology Summit, The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, 24 May 2006. Panel with Dr Daniel Kuehl, National Defense University and Colonel David J. Smith, U.S. Army War College.

“Cyberspace: New Air Force Mission Area” at the College for Professional Development, Maxwell AFB, AL. 8 February 2006.

“A World in Crises” at Montgomery, AL Kiwanis Club. January 2006.

Pfaltzgraff, Robert L., Jr. and Stephen E. Wright. “The Spectrum of Conflict: Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Challenge?” at The Role of Naval Forces in 21st Century Operations Symposium, Cambridge, MA, November 1997.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 2010 recipient of the Commander’s Coin for support to US Central Command and its Theater Plans and Synchronization Element for the development of Concept Plans, November 2009 to March 2010.
  • 2009 General Stephen R. Lorenz Blue Dart Awards for:
    -- “No Third Rails – US Nuclear Deterrence Posture,” The Wright Stuff 4, no. 7, 2 April 2009
    -- “Shifting the Debate on Defense,” The Wright Stuff 3, no. 14, 7 August 2008.

Education before Fletcher

  • 1993: M.A., Airpower Studies, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
    1992: M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College, Newport, RI
    1983: M.A., Industry and Technology, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX
    1977: B.S., Floriculture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Experience before Fletcher

  • Active Duty, U.S. Air Force

Languages

  • English: Native
    Spanish: Basic proficiency