George F. Oliver III, Colonel US Army (Ret)
JMO Professor / IMET
Joint Military Operations
PROFESSOR GEORGE F. OLIVER III joined the Naval War College in November 2005. Prior to joining the NWC faculty, he served 31 years in the U.S. Army. His last military assignment was with the U.S. Army Center of Military History where he was writing the official history of the U.S. Army in peace operations. Before this position, he spent six months in Iraq as the Deputy Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance for the Coalition Provisional Authority. From 1999–2003, Colonel Oliver served as the Director of the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from 1996–1999, the Military Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. George Oliver earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1974, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina (1983) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (1996). He is currently working on his dissertation on the role of the military in stability operations in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. While on active duty, Professor Oliver served in a variety of light infantry, ranger, Special Forces, and airborne units across the globe including service during the 1990–1991 Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His interest in peace operations began in 1993, while the Operations Officer for the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Since then he has been involved in several peacekeeping missions, developed U.S. national policy, and analyzed these roles for U.S. forces. Additionally he has taught, written and lectured around the world on the role of the military in peace operations and in peacebuilding. Professor Oliver is also one of the authors on the United States Army’s book on the Gulf War, Certain Victory
, and has published several articles. Professor Oliver continues to be a sought after lecturer on stability and peace operations, having lectured at the Air War College and the Army Command and General Staff College and several universities. He is a visiting instructor for the U.S. Insitute of Peace and the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies. Professor Oliver also manages the Certificate in Training in Peace Support Operations for the Peace Operations Training Insitute
“2d ACR and Force Projection” in Military Review, July-August 1995.
Contributing author to Certain Victory: the U.S. Army in the Gulf War, McLean, VA: Brassey’s, 1994.
“Regional Organizations in Peace Operations” in Conference Report by United Services of India, Peacekeeping 2015 – A Perspective. Dehli, India, 2000.
“Determining Success in Peace Operations,” Challenges of Peace Operations into the 21st Century. Stockholm: Elanders Gotab, 2002.
“The Other Side of Peacekeeping: Peace Enforcement and Who Should Do It?” In International Peacekeeping: The Yearbook of International Peace Operations, Harvey Langholtz, Boris Kondoch, and Alan Wells ed. Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004.
“Winning the Peace in Iraq; The Initial Accomplishments of ORHA and the CPA,” Ihsan Yucel and Derek Boothby, ed. The Challenges of Change in the 21st Century and the Continuing Need to Reform. Ankara, Turkey: Center for Strategic Research, 2004.
Coordinated, conducted several conferences that led to conference reports:
“After Action Report on Kosovo,” Conference by U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute. Report published by the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000.
“Hurricane Mitch AAR,” Conference by U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute. Report published by U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000.
“Rule of Law in Peace Operations,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Conference. Report published by U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000.
“Interagency Coordination and Planning,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Conference co-hosted with National Defense University. Conference Report published by U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2001.
“The Power of Information in Peace Operations," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Conference. Report published by the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2002.