Marine Corps War College
James Lacey, Ph.D.

Dr. James G. Lacey serves as professor and course director for Campaigning and Warfare.

He is the Marine Corps University’s Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair of War Studies.

Prior to coming to the War College he spent six years at the Institute for Defense Analyses working on a number of projects dealing with the economics of war, the then current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, strategic communications, and long-term US strategic policy.

He was an active duty military officer for twelve years, serving in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, and United States Army Europe Headquarters. He retired from the Army Reserves in 2005, after 24 years of total service.

He has extensive experience in several Wall Street firms focusing on “capital market operations.” Dr. Lacey is a successful professional journalist with columns in the NY Post and NY Sun for almost two years. He was a journalist with Time Magazine and was an embedded reporter during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is extensively published in financial, military, and opinion journals.

In addition, Dr. Lacey has taught courses at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities. He has also lectured and conducted seminars at numerous academic and policy institutions across the country.

Mr. Lacey holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Citadel and a Ph.D. in Military History from Leeds University. His dissertation was on the economic underpinnings of U.S. strategy in World War II.


Ph.D. Military History, Leeds University
B.A. History, The Citadel


The strategic and operational conduct of war from Plato-to-NATO

The future of operational warfare

Great State Competition and Conflict


Iraqi Perspective Project (co-author) USNI 2006
Takedown - Invasion of Iraq USNI 2007
Terrorist Perspective Project USNI 2008  
Global Jihad USNI 2008
Cannons of Jihad USNI 2008
Pershing – A biography Palgrave-McMillian 2008
The Making of Peace (co-editor) Cambridge 2009
Keep from All Thoughtful Men
(Economics of WWII)
USNI 2011
The Patterns of Grand Strategy (co-editor) Cambridge 2011
The First Clash: The Greco-Persian Wars Random House 2011
The Moment of Battle Random House 2013
Great Strategic Rivalries
(Great Power Competition)
Oxford 2016
The Washington War 
(FDR and his War Cabinet)
Random House May 2018

The Gods of War 

Random House

Dec 2018

Rome: A Strategy for Empire                   Oxford 2022


Dr. Lacey is also the author of over a hundred articles and studies on history, strategy, economics, global events, etc.


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