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Dr. David Tucker

External Researcher

DAVID TUCKER is on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. Before working at the Department of Defense, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in Brazzaville, Congo; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Paris, France. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the Claremont Graduate School in 1981 and, prior to entering government service, was Director of the International Seminar in American Studies at the Claremont Institute. Dr. Tucker also taught at the University of Chicago as a William Rainey Harper Fellow. He is the author of "Facing the Facts: The Failure of Nation Assistance," in the Summer 1993 edition of Parameters and the author of Skirmishes at the Edge of Empire: The United States and International Terrorism, Praeger, 1997.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. David Tucker

  • Confronting the Unconventional: Innovation and Transformation in Military Affairs

    October 18, 2006

    Authored by Dr. David Tucker.
    Limitations on the ability of the U.S. military to innovate and transform to deal with irregular warfare pose policy and strategy dilemmas. The best way to deal with these dilemmas is to establish a new kind of interagency organization devoted to irregular warfare and an irregular warfare organization within DoD.

  • Two Perspectives on Interventions and Humanitarian Operations

    July 01, 1997

    Authored by Dr. David Tucker, AMB Robert B. Oakley. Edited by Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr..
    Ambassador Robert B. Oakley, who served as Special Envoy to Somalia provides an honest and compelling look at that controversial operation. In the second paper, Dr. David Tucker dissects the arguments to develop criteria which might be used for and against engagement in humanitarian operations in an attempt to guide U.S. policymakers. Ambassador Oakley and Dr. Tucker both agree that the United States, as a great power, will be engaged in intervention operations of all kinds all over the world.