Chris J. Kidd

Associate Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Col., U.S. Army, Retired
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Chris Kidd was commissioned in the Infantry from the USMA in 1992 and has served in numerous troop leading and staff positions while assigned to multiple battalions during his career. His deployments include a peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt as well as combat operations in Tikrit, Iraq, Samarra, Iraq, and Maiwand, Afghanistan. He recently returned from Baghdad after a year assignment with the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq in the US Embassy. His civilian education includes a Master’s degree in Global Studies from University of Denver, a Master’s in Military Arts and Science from Ft. Leavenworth, and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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Areas of Expertise

  • COIN
  • Ground Warfare
  • Iraq
  • Joint Operations

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, JMO, Naval War College; Newport, RI

Taught Joint Military Operations (Senior Leader Course), Joint Maritime Operations (Intermediate Leader Course), and Joint Maritime Operations Reserve Course. Developed "Issues in National Security" Spouse Lecture Series.

Director, Chief's Initiatives Group, Office of Security Cooperation; Baghdad, Iraq

Prepared flag officers, US Ambassador, coalition partners, and State Department personnel for daily engagements with senior US policymakers and Iraqi government officials; routinely briefed American and foreign distinguished visitors on DoD’s integration in the DoS’s Security Assistance mission.

Military Professor, JMO, Naval War College; Newport, RI

Taught Joint Military Operations (Senior Leader Course) and Joint Maritime Operations (Intermediate Leader Course). Developed curriculum and taught Maritime Staff Coalition Element elective course. Completed JPME II and promoted to Colonel.

Commander, 2-34 Combined Arms Battalion; Fort Riley, KS and Maiwand, Afghanistan

Led a 750 man battalion during combat operations in Afghanistan while training over 500 Afghan partners, to adapt to air assault operations as a new, primary method of tactical maneuver. Led a Whole of Government approach to combat and stability operations with DoS, USAID, SOF, and HN partners.

Deputy Director, Department of Military Instruction, West Point, NY


Battalion Operations and Executive Officer, Ft. Campbell, KY

Supported two combat deployments in the ethnically diverse and unstable cities of Kirkuk and Samarra, Iraq. Planned and executed large scale tactical operations while transitioning between offensive, defensive, and stability operations

Assistant Professor, Department of Military Instruction, West Point, NY

Led five faculty members in re-design of West Point’s four-year Military Science core curriculum for 4,400 cadets. Oversaw the development of four new courses and student texts. Served as Course Director and lead instructor for three courses as part of a new Field of Study program.

Company Commander and Air Opns Officer, Ft. Lewis, WA

Led a 120 man Infantry Company during Peacekeeping operations in Egypt – deployed along a 100 km set of observation posts securing Eastern Sinai and the Gulf of Aqaba.


M.A., Naval War College, 2014, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., Command and General Staff College, 2005, Military Arts and Science

M.A., University of Denver, 2001, International Studies

M.A., U.S. Military Academy, 1992, Economics

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