B.A. (Political Science & History), University of Florida
M.P.P. (International Affairs & Security), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
M.A.L.D. (International Security), Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Ph.D. (International Security), Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
Dr. Benitez’s areas of interest include NATO, Alliances and International Security Organizations, European Politics, Russia, Intelligence, the National Security Decision Making Process in the US and Other States, Cyber, and Military History (specifically Greco-Roman Warfare, the Sengoku Jidai Period in Japan, and the Mongol Empire).
Before he joined the faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Dr. Benitez served as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, where he regularly briefed senior US and foreign officials on national security issues. His main areas of expertise are NATO and European security issues. Earlier in his career, he served as assistant for Alliance issues to the Director of NATO Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also served as a specialist in international security for the Department of State and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.
Dr. Benitez has been interviewed and cited by a broad range of media such as the New York Times, CNN, NPR, the BBC, C-SPAN, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, POLITICO, U.S. News and World Report, Defense News, the National Interest, Stars and Stripes, Xinhua, the Global Times, Russia Today, Kommersant, Moscow Times, Hurriyet, Handelsblatt, Al Arabiya, Al Hurra, Al Jazeera, and the Congressional Research Service.
“Two Ways NATO Can Meet Donald Trump’s Security Demands,” with Frank Kramer, U.S. News and World Report, April 14, 2017.
“How to Navigate Trump's Tectonic Change in Transatlantic Relations,” CNN, February 16, 2017.
“The Threat From Kaliningrad Is Real,” Real Clear World, January 19, 2017.
“Europe's Misguided Plan for a New Joint Military Headquarters,” National Interest, September 26, 2016.