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Dr. Don M. Snider

Professor, Army Profession and Ethics
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Photo Dr. Don Snider is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at West Point, NY, from which he retired in 2008. He is currently Professor of Army Profession and Ethic in the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA as well as a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) at West Point. In a previous military career, Dr. Snider served three combat tours in Vietnam as an infantryman; after battalion command in the 32d Infantry, he served as Chief of Plans for Theater Army in Europe, as Joint Planner for the Army Chief of Staff, as Executive Assistant in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House. He retired from the Army in 1990. Dr. Snider’s research examines American civil-military relations, the identities and development of the American Army officer, military professions, and professional military ethics. He was research director and co-editor for several books: The Future of the Army Profession, (2d Ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005), Forging the Warrior’s Character (2d Ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008), and American Civil-Military Relations: The Soldier and the State in the New Era, (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Monograph and article publications include, “Dissent and Strategic Leadership of Military Professions” (Orbis, 2008), The Army’s Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict (co-author, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2008); A Soldier’s Morality, Religion, and Our Professional Ethic (co-author, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2014). His opinion editorials appear on the website of the Strategic Studies Institute, e.g., “What Our Civilian Leaders Do Not Understand about the Ethic of Military Professions: A Striking Example of the Current Gap in Civil-Military Relations.” Dr. Snider holds M.A. degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Maryland.

SSI books and monographs by Dr. Don M. Snider