Thomas Mahnken

Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Location
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Industry
Public Policy

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Thomas Mahnken's Overview

Current
Past
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning at Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Senior Associate at Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Visiting Fellow at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Professor of Strategy at U.S. Naval War College
  • Member at Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
Education
Connections

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Thomas Mahnken's Experience

Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security

U.S. Naval War College

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

October 2009Present (5 years)

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

2009Present (5 years)

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Publishing industry

2000Present (14 years)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Government Agency; Defense & Space industry

20062009 (3 years)

Led an office of 32 that is responsible for the major strategic planning functions within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Provided advice on strategy and policy to the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Responsible for the preparation of guidance for war plans and the development of the defense planning scenarios.

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Think Tanks industry

20052006 (1 year)

Helped establish a research program on Special Operations and Special Operations Forces. Developed the program’s research agenda and planned the program’s inaugural conference.

Visiting Fellow

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

20032006 (3 years)

Led the nation’s premier graduate strategic studies program while the program’s director was on sabbatical. Supervised 13 full-time and adjunct faculty members. Advised approximately 80 master’s candidates. Taught courses in Strategy and Policy, Research Seminar, Understanding Military Technology, Net Assessment, and Intelligence and National Security. Coordinated the department’s programs, including guest speaker series, film series, and staff rides.

Professor of Strategy

U.S. Naval War College

19972006 (9 years)

Taught as part of the Department of Strategy and Policy’s core curriculum, a team-taught course for foreign and United States mid-career and senior military officers and government officials. Taught electives in innovation, revolutions in military affairs, and technology and warfare.

Member

Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States

20042005 (1 year)

Served as member of staff of Presidential commission examining the future organization of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Thomas Mahnken's Education

The Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

MA, Strategic Studies and International Economics

19871989

University of Southern California

BA, International Relations and History

19851987

Thomas Mahnken's Additional Information

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Groups and Associations:

Member, Council on Foreign Relations Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies Companion, Naval Order of the United States Member, Society for Military History Member, American Political Science Association Member, International Studies Association Member, Society for the History of Technology Associate Member, UDT/SEAL Association Member, U.S. Naval Institute Member, Naval Intelligence Professionals Member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Honors and Awards:

Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service

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