Nicholas Murray, Ph.D.

Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Nicholas Murray holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford. He is the author of two published books: “The Rocky Road to the Great War” and a co-translation with commentary of Carl von Clausewitz’s writings: “Napoleon's 1796 Italian Campaign.” He has two more books of Clausewitz's historical writing due out in 2020 and 2021 respectively and is currently working on the Archduke Charles' theoretical and historical writing as part of another book project. He is a leading proponent of the use of war gaming within professional military education (PME), and he has advised the Office of Secretary of Defense on the integration of war gaming within DoD schools.

Areas of Expertise

  • Command and Control
  • Europe
  • Ground Warfare
  • Military Theory
  • Wargaming
  • WWI
  • WWII


Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2007, Modern History (British and European)

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Awards and Decorations

2017, Awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award for my role in shaping defense education policy since 2013. This is the highest award offered by the OSD to non-career civilian employees.

2014, Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award for excellence in teaching, supervising multiple award winning student theses, and for my work reforming Army Professional Military Education to improve the development of strategists.

2013, Educator of the Year for History in 2013, and nominee for educator of the year for US Army CGSC

2013, Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2013 for my role in successfully turning around and revising the Master’s Degree Program in History.

External Memberships and Associations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Royal United Services Institute

Society for Military History

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