Linda Stuart Specht

Professor National Security Affairs
Linda Stuart Specht faculty profile


Ms. Linda Stuart Specht is the State Department’s senior faculty advisor at the U.S. Naval War College. A U.S. foreign service officer for over 30 years, Ms. Specht was the foreign policy advisor to Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from 2018-2020. She was U.S. consul in Adana, Turkey from 2015-2018. Prior to that, Ms. Specht was director for Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, deputy director for Pakistan Affairs and deputy director for Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the State Department. She was embedded with U.S. and coalition forces during two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. Ms. Specht had earlier tours in Cameroon, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Suriname.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Middle East

Professional Highlights


Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD)

As Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command and Acting Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Space Command provided advice and recommendations to the Commanders and Staff on foreign policy implications of these command's global operations, 2018-2020.

U.S. Consul

As the U.S. Consul in Adana, Turkey directed mission activities in southeast Turkey, including on borders with Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Conducted diplomatic engagement and provided policy input as internal and regional conflict impacted the United States' counter terrorism and human rights goals.

Deputy Director, Office of Pakistan Affairs

Supervised Washington-based Political and Political-Military teams working to re-establish a bilateral Strategic Dialogue, manage security assistance and military sales policy, and revive counterterrorism discussions to move the relationship from its nadir following the Osama Bin Laden raid.

Director, Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions

Contributed to and implemented interagency policy on economic sanctions, counter threat finance, and conflict minerals.


M.A., National War College, 2008, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1987, Law and Diplomacy

B.A., University of Dublin, 1982, Trinity College

Awards and Decorations

Superior Honor Award

Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Superior Honor Award

Superior Honor Award

Superior Honor Award

Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
Department of the Army, 2009

Meritorious Honor Award

Meritorious Honor Award

Superior Honor Award

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