Marine Corps War College
Brian W. Cole

Civilian Education

Ph.D. Candidate International Studies (concentrations in International Political-Economics and American Foreign Policy),Old Dominion University
M.A.Diplomacy, Norwich University
B.A.Physics (emphasis in Aerospace Engineering), University of Colorado



Military Education

M.A. Strategic Studies and National Security, Navy and Air War Colleges


Major Assignments

AeroScout Observer in US Army
(worked at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), on multiple engineering projects at AeroSpace Design and Devlopment, and at BioServe Space Technologies)

Commission in USMC

AV-8B Harrier pilot, served on MEUs in WestPac, was stationed in Korea and Japan; deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Instructor at MAWTS-1

Adversary instructor pilot at VMFT-401

Stand up VMU-4
(supported multiple WTI courses, integrated training exercises, and Joint Task Force - NorthCom)

Faculty member at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University

Analyst, HQMC

Branch Head for the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, HQMC

Selected Publications

The Third Offset Strategy and the Challenges to Marine Aviation for MCAA’s The Yellow Sheet

Clausewitz’s Wondrous yet Paradoxical Trinity: The nature of war as a complex adaptive system,NDU Press.

Dissertation examines global complex systems, focusing on international investment in the Arctic and its integration within the international institutional framework.

Marine Corps University