Expeditionary Warfare School
Kirklin J. Bateman, Ph.D.


Ph.D. History, George Mason University
M.A. History, George Mason University
B.A. History, University of Kansas


KIRKLIN J. BATEMAN is Chief Academic Officer, Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps University. Previously, he was Associate Professor and Chair, Department of War and Conflict Studies (WACS), College of International Security Affairs (CISA) of the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. He was commissioned through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Kansas as an infantry officer and served throughout the United States and Southwest Asia in air assault and mechanized infantry units. He career field designated as a strategist and completed assignments with the Joint Staff, Army Staff, and Army Cyber Command. He was principal author of the 2004 and 2005 CJCS Risk Assessment of the National Military Strategy and on the writing team of the 2004 National Military Strategy and 2005 National Defense Strategy. He was also the principal author of the 2007 Army Strategic Planning Guidance. He has twelve years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and academic leadership in PME and JPME programs at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. In addition to CISA, he has also served on the faculty at the Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School. He is also a 2002 graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. He retired as a colonel in 2013 after twenty-five years of commissioned service.


Selected Publications

Writing Team, 2004 National Military Strategy, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Washington, DC.

Principal author, 2004 and 2005 CJCS Risk Assessment of the National Military Strategy, Washington, DC.

“Taking a Byte Out of the Archives: Making Technology Work for You,” Perspectives on History, Jan 1, 2005. Available at:

Principal Author, 2007 Army Strategic Planning Guidance, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Washington, DC.

“Emerging Violent Radical Islamism in the Maldives,” in Shanthie D’Souza, ed., Counterinsurgency in South Asia (New York: Routledge, 2019).

Co-Editor, Perspectives on the American Way of War: The U.S. Experience in Irregular Conflict,< Special Issue, Small Wars and Insurgencies in press; therein, w/Thomas A. Marks, “Introduction: The Regularity of American Irregular Warfare” Small Wars and Insurgencies, 30:1, February 2019.

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