Thomas McCarthy, 2012

Colonel Thomas D. McCarthy is the Director for the USAF’s Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University and an Assistant Professor teaching National Security Decision Making and Global Security at the Air War College, Montgomery Alabama. Previous military jobs include: The Military Aide to the President (06-08), Strategic Planner on the Air Force Staff at the Pentagon (04-06), Special Operations helicopter pilot and interning in the office of the Secretary of Defense. Current research interests focus on the role of technology in national security and building upon his PhD Dissertation on cyber theory, the development and integration of cyberpower into national security planning. The Fletcher exposure to International Relations and Political Economy provided an excellent foundation for his instruction of the national security decision-making process and the changing role and interests of the United States around the world.

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PhD Dissertation Title

  • Traveling Domain Theory: A Comparative Approach for Cyberspace Theory Development


  • - “Domain Transference: The Maritime and Air Models for Cyber Theory Development” – presentation and panel discussion, Doctoral Conference, The Fletcher School, September 2011
  • - Moderator: Gen Hap Arnold Lecture Series, February 2012

Previous Experience 

  • U.S. Air Force Military Officer: Strategic planning, Special Operations

Previous Education

  • - BS from United States Air Force Academy
  • - MA from The George Washington University
  • - MA from Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB
  • - MA from School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • - Security Studies
  • - International Political Economy


  • Spanish: Writing–tested intermediate, Oral–functional business (2008)