Frank "Scott" Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
S&P Professor
Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-6420


Professor Frank “Scott” Douglas earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Political Science Department, where he focused on the use of air power for compellence in Bosnia and Kosovo and on developing strategies to coerce authoritarian regimes.

Professor Douglas is also a direct commission Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer, who served from 2009-2010 with a special operations task force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In addition, he served as a civilian academic advisor to Regional Command South West (RC(SW)) in Afghanistan during the AY 2011-12 Winter trimester.

Dr. Douglas also holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, where he concentrated in Strategic Studies, and a B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Additionally, he earned a regional studies certificate in East and Central Europe from Columbia’s Harriman Institute and received a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Serbo-Croatian. Aside from his scholarly work, he has served as an election observer in Bosnia and as the director of a volunteer English teaching program in the Czech Republic.

As a reservist, he has also had the opportunity to support the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group for seven years and to serve as a liaison to the Republic of Korea Navy during Ulchi Freedom Guardian ‘12. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Killing an Idea: A Strategic History of the War Against Al Qaeda.

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