Frank Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy Reserve
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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


Received Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal

Helmand, Afghanistan, October 2011-February 2012

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


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


Associate Professor of Strategy, Strategy & Policy Department


Assistant Professor of Strategy, Strategy & Policy Department


Direct Commission Officer, United States Navy Reserve


Election Observer, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Bosnia-Hercegovina, May-September 1997


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

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