Frank "Scott" Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy Reserve
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Frank “Scott” Douglas is an associate professor of strategy with the Strategy and Policy Department and holds a commission as a commander in the Navy Reserve. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Political Science Department, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. (F.S.) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has deployed in support of Operation Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan from 2018-2019 and deployed to Iraq with a special operations task force from 2009-2010. He also deployed as a civilian advisor to Regional Command Southwest in Helmand, Afghanistan during the 2011-12 winter trimester.

Areas of Expertise

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

Professional Highlights


Mobilization in support of Operation Resolute Support / Freedom's Sentinel

RSHQ, Kabul, Afghanistan

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


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

Baghdad and Ramadi, Iraq

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

How It All Began: The Origins of Al Qaeda's War
(Book in progress, 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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