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Benjamin M. Jensen Ph.D.

Dr. Benjamin M. Jensen, Associate Professor of International Relations, serves as a faculty member in the Security Studies Department at Command and Staff College as well as the co-founder and coordinator of the Advanced Studies Program.  He holds an additional appointment as a Scholar-in-Residence at American University, School of International Service. Prior to his 2012 arrival at MCU, Dr. Jensen served six years as Lecturer and later Assistant Professor at American University, School of International Service where he coordinated the World Politics seminar for undergraduates and taught graduate classes on the causes of war. He has also held visiting academic positions with a number of international universities, including University of Oslo, University of Montpellier and Ritsumeikan University.  Dr. Jensen is a frequent invited speaker on military innovation and the changing character of war, including most recently to the Dado Center in Israel, the Center for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on the changing character of strategy and political violence, military innovation, forecasting methodologies, and the causes of conflict.  He is the author of two books: Forging the Sword: Doctrinal Change in the U.S. Army (Stanford University Press, 2016) and (co-authored) Cyber Coercion: Power and Strategy in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).  He is currently completing a third manuscript, co-authored with LTG Charles Cleveland (USA, SF retired) entitled Next Victory: The Future of Landpower (Cambria Pres, advanced contract, forthcoming 2017).  Professor Jensen writes two columns on the future character of war for War on the Rocks and The Strategy Bridge.  He has published widely in academic journals, referred military journals – including ParametersMilitary Review and JFQ - and major media outlets including The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe Financial TimesU.S. News and World Report as well as appeared on multiple media outlets including Fox News, NPR, and BBC.

Dr. Jensen has received multiple fellowships and awards, including most recently the Commandant of the Marine Corps, 2017 Innovation Challenge.  He has received grants for his research from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Minerva Initiative), Hewlett Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.  Dr. Jensen has also served as a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Initiative, the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Basin Harbor Workshop, and the American Academy for Strategic Education.

Dr. Jensen earned his doctorate and M.A. degrees in International Affairs from the American University, School of International Service, and his M.S. degree from the National Intelligence University at Bowling Air Force Base (34A Strategic Intelligence).  He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of academia, he is an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.  In this capacity, Dr. Jensen has multiple deployments in intelligence and planning billets.  His most recent assignment was supporting the Chief of Staff of the Army where he advised on the future of warfare.

Recent Publications (2012-2017)

Academic Books (University Press, Peer Reviewed)

  • 2017. Next Victory: Landpower in the 21st Century (Cambria Press, forthcoming, advanced contract with publisher, co-authored with LTG Charles Cleveland, U.S. Army retired)
  • 2017. Cyber Coercion: The Evolving Character of Power and Strategy                                                         (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, co-authored)
  • 2016. Forging the Sword: Doctrinal Change in the U.S. Army                                                                      (Stanford University Press, foreword by LTG H.R. McMaster, U.S. Army)


Academic Journals (Peer Reviewed) and Book Chapters (Academic Press, Reviewed)

  • 2017. “The Role of Ideas in Defense Planning: Revisiting the Revolution in Military Affairs” Defence Studies (accepted of publication, forthcoming)
  • 2017. “The Strategist’s Dilemma: Global Dynamic Density and US Grand Strategy toward China” European Journal of International Security (accepted for publication, co-authored, forthcoming)
  • 2016. “Escaping the Iron Cage: The Institutional Foundations of FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency” Journal of Strategic Studies
  • 2015, “The Military Rebalance as Retcon” (co-authored) in Hugo Meijer (ed) Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance toward Asia: Diplomatic, Military, and Economic Dimensions (Palgrave-Macmillan)


Referred Journals & Book Reviews

  • 2017. “Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the US Military –Second Edition Book Review” Parameters
  • 2016. “Wargaming the Third Offset” Joint Forces Quarterly (co-authored)
  • 2016. “Capturing the Character of Future War” Parameters (co-authored)
  • 2016. “Decisive Action” Military Review (co-authored)
  • 2015. “Small Forces for Crisis Management” Parameters
  • 2015. “Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood – Book Review” Perspectives on Politics


Public Commentary

  • 2015-2017. War on the Rocks (10 x articles, including 2 x co-authored pieces with students)
  • 2016-2017. Strategy Bridge (3 x articles, including 1 x co-authored piece with students)
  • 2016-2017. Washington Post (2 x Monkey Cage articles – co-authored)
  • 2015. Roll Call (1 x editorial)
  • 2014-2015. U.S. News and World Report (3 x editorials)
  • 2014. Daily News (1 x editorial)
  • 2012. USA Today (1 x editorial)
  • 2012. Financial Times (1 x editorial)
  • 2012. New York Times (1 x editorial, named to CFR “must read list”)