Frank Douglas, Ph.D.

Cmdr., U.S. Navy Reserve

Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Biography

Douglas served as an election observer in Bosnia and as the director of a volunteer English teaching program in the Czech Republic from 1993-1995. As a reservist, he has had the opportunity to support the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group for seven years, serving as a liaison to the Republic of Korea navy during Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012 and as commanding officer of both U.S. Central Command and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Support units. He is currently working on a manuscript of the strategic history of the war with Al Qaeda.

Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • Counterterrorism
  • Deterrence
  • GWOT
  • Intel
  • Iraq
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Military Theory

Professional Highlights

2012

Received Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal

Helmand, Afghanistan, October 2011-February 2012
2011

Civilian Advisor to Regional Command SouthWest (RC(SW)), Operation Enduring Freedom

2009

Mobilization in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom

2008

Associate Professor of Strategy, Strategy & Policy Department

2004

Assistant Professor of Strategy, Strategy & Policy Department

2001

Direct Commission Officer, United States Navy Reserve

1997

Election Observer, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Bosnia-Hercegovina, May-September 1997

Education

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005, Political Science, Dissertation: “Hitting Home: Coercive Theory, Air Power, and Authoritarian Targets”

M.Phil., Harriman Institute Certificate for Area Studies Specialization, 2001, Political Science

M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1997, International Relations

BSFS, Georgetown University, 1993, International Affairs, cum laude

U.S. Naval War College, 2017, Joint Professional Military Education

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Research Contributions and Publications

Writing A Strategic History of the War with Al Qaeda: Volume I: The Inchoate War 1988-2002
underwritten in part by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation

Waging the Inchoate War: Defining, Fighting, and Second-Guessing the ‘Long War,’
Journal of Strategic Studies
(vol. 30, no. 3)
June 2007

“The Road to Dayton: Diplomatic & Military Interaction in Bosnia,”
Co-authored with Thomas Keaney, in Volker Franke, ed.
Terrorism and Peacekeeping: New Security Challenges
(Westport: Praeger, 2005)

Unpublished: “In the Eyes of Your Enemy,”
With Heidi Lane, a Compendium of primary source documents used as course reader for the Naval War College “War with Al Qaeda” module

Awards and Decorations

Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal

External Memberships and Associations

Naval War College Foundation

News, Media, & Events

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Lectures of Opportunity: "Afghanistan: Remembering the Long, Long War We Would Rather Forget"

Mar. 22, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

Nov. 24, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication

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