Thomas G. Mahnken, Ph.D.
Professor of Strategy
Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security
Strategy & Policy
Professor Thomas G. Mahnken is the Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Strategy. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he remains a Visiting Scholar. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning. In that capacity, he was responsible for the Defense Department’s strategic planning functions, including the National Defense Strategy and Quadrennial Defense Review, preparation of guidance for war plans and the development of the defense planning scenarios. Between 2003 and 2004, he served as Acting Director of the SAIS Strategic Studies Program. He served as Staff Director for the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, on the staff of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, in the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment, and as a member of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Gulf War Air Power Survey. He edits The Journal of Strategic Studies and is the author of Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 (Columbia University Press, 2008), Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (Cornell University Press, 2002), and co-author of The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes toward the Revolution in Military Affairs (Naval War College Press, 2003). He is editor of Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice (Stanford University Press, 2012), co-editor of U.S. Military Operations In Iraq: Planning, Combat, and Occupation (Routledge, 2007), Strategic Studies: A Reader (Routledge, 2007), The Information Revolution in Military Affairs in Asia (Palgrave McMillan, 2004) and Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel (Frank Cass, 2003). In 2009, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
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