COL Kevin D. Stringer, Ph.D, U.S. Army, Retired, is the Chair of Education for the U.S. Irregular Warfare Center, Visiting Associate Professor at the General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, and a Lecturer at the University of Northwestern Switzerland. With 30 years of commissioned military service, he was a Eurasian foreign area officer and strategist assigned to the U.S. special operations community. Career highlights include assignments as Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR); Director, Plans and Strategy (J5) for a transregional special operations task force in the Middle East; U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) liaison officer to the U.S. Department of State; and military faculty member at the U.S. Army War College. At U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, Dr. Stringer was the project leader for the development of the Resistance Operating Concept (ROC). As a civilian, Dr. Stringer has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and as a civilian educator and Associate Professor of International Affairs.
Dr. Stringer earned a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Zurich, an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, an M.S.S. from the U.S. Army War College, and a B.Sc. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His research focuses on irregular warfare, special operations, Russian indirect action, and multinational operations. The author of the book Military Organizations for Homeland Defense and Smaller-Scale Contingencies (Praeger, 2006), Dr. Stringer has published in Naval War College Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, Parameters, Special Operations Journal, and the Journal on Baltic Security.