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Dr. Nathan Packard, CSC

Dr. Nathan Packard is an Assistant Professor of Military History at the Command and Staff College, joining the faculty in August 2016. His other teaching duties have included Georgetown University, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program. Dr. Packard received his B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross in 2000 and his M.A. (2006) and PhD (2015) in History from Georgetown University. He also holds an M.A. (2014) in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. In 2015, Dr. Packard was awarded the Society for Military History’s First Manuscript Prize for his research on the Marine Corps’ post-Vietnam reform program. Dr. Packard is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve where he currently serves as an historian for the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division, Quantico, Virginia. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom having served as an advisor to an Iraqi infantry battalion in Al Anbar Province in 2007. Dr. Packard is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Naval History as the Assistant Editor for Amphibious Warfare.

Recent Publications

The Marine Corps’ Long March: Modernizing the Nation’s Expeditionary Forces in the

Aftermath of Vietnam, 1970-1991, UNC Press (forthcoming)

“Repairing the Wreckage of Vietnam: The Marine Corps’ Great Personnel Campaign, 1975-

1978,” Proceedings of the 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium, Naval Institute Press (forthcoming)

“Congress and the Marine Corps in Historical Perspective,” Marine Corps University Journal (forthcoming)

“Equipping the Marine Corps for the 21st Century, 1975-1990,” in The Means to Kill, McFarland

Press (2015)

“Giving Teeth to the Carter Doctrine: The Marine Corps Makes the Case for its Strategic

Relevance, 1977-1981,” International Journal of Naval History (July 2015)

Articles on Guy Gabaldon, Pierre Ortiz, Frank Petersen, and Jay Vargas in ABC-CLIO 

Encyclopedia on Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military (2013)

Review of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War, Michigan War Studies

Review (2013)

Review of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, Michigan War Studies

Review (2011)

“One Man’s Example,” Marine Corps Gazette (December 2008)

“My Lai Remembered,” Writing Across the Curriculum III (2006)