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Colonel Jack A. LeCuyer, USA (Ret.), recently completed his tenure as the Minerva Chair at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute in Carlisle, PA. Prior to that, he was a Distinguished Fellow with the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) with lead responsibility for efforts in design of the new National Security Staff and was a major contributor to key PNSR study efforts, including Forging a New Shield (November 2008), Turning Ideas into Action (September 2009), and The Power of People: Building an Integrated National Security Professional System for the 21st Century (December 2010). He was also an Adjunct Staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and a principal developer of a simulation designed to teach market economics and democratic governance in post-conflict environments. Colonel LeCuyer served for 30 years in the United States Army and has 20 years of senior level leadership experience focused on strategic policy, organizational planning and effectiveness, doctrinal development, policy formulation, project advocacy and marketing, operational and fiscal management, and successful program execution. He has 9 years of experience in post-conflict reconstruction and development of market economies and parliamentary systems in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Iraq. His key assignments included strategic planner and Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, to the Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, and to two Army Chiefs of Staff. Colonel LeCuyer played a major role in the post-Vietnam transformation of the Army into today’s preeminent organization, and he served as Chief of Force Integration in the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) for 3 years, where he was a major contributor to the development of Army doctrine for AirLand Battle and Leader Development. His Army command tours include the 7th Engineer Battalion, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), and the U.S. Army Engineer District, Sacramento; he served 26 months in Vietnam, to include TET 1969, with the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division. Colonel LeCuyer was also an Olmsted Scholar in Florence, Italy; White House Fellow with duty in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Army Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States; and, Senior Army Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1970 to 2011. Colonel LeCuyer is the co-author of Comprehensive Security and Western Prosperity, with Leonard Sullivan, Atlantic Council of the United States, 1988; editor of Certain Victory: The U.S. Army in the Gulf War, 1992, by Major General (Ret.) Robert Scales; “The National Security Staff: What’s Missing in Whole of Government Approaches to National Security,” in Conflict Management and “Whole of Government”: Useful Tools for U.S. National Security Strategy? (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S, Army War College, 2012); and numerous articles published in the AUSA Green Book, Military Review, and Parameters. Colonel LeCuyer attended Tufts University for 2 years and holds a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Dottore di Scienze Polittiche from the Universita` degli Studies di Firenze, and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Jack A. LeCuyer

  • A National Security Staff for the 21st Century

    December 13, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Jack A. LeCuyer.
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    This monograph offers a new model for the management of the national security system—at the strategic level—which is the first step in transforming our national security system to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global security environment of the 21st century. This monograph provides a proposed response to Section 1072 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the President to report to Congress on the organizational changes required to implement the National Security Strategy of May 2010.

SSI articles, editorial, and briefs by Dr. Jack A. LeCuyer