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Dr. John R. Deni

Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies
Phone: (717) 245-4183
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Photo Dr. John R. Deni is a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). He previously worked for eight years as a political advisor for senior U.S. military commanders in Europe. Prior to that, he spent two years as a strategic planner specializing in U.S. security cooperation and mil-to-mil relations. While working for the U.S. military in Europe, Dr. Deni was also an adjunct lecturer at Heidelberg University’s Institute for Political Science – there, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on U.S. foreign and security policy, NATO, European security, and alliance theory and practice. Before working overseas, Dr. Deni spent seven years in Washington, DC as a consultant specializing in national security issues for the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and State. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Deni completed his undergraduate degree in history and international relations at the College of William & Mary. He went on to earn a masters degree in U.S. foreign policy at American University, and a doctoral degree in international affairs at George Washington University. He is the author or editor of three books, including Alliance Management and Maintenance: Restructuring NATO for the 21st Century. Dr. Deni has also written several peer-reviewed monographs and journal articles, published op-eds in major newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun, and spoken at conferences and symposia throughout Europe and North America. Additionally, he has appeared on Al Jazeera America and Huffington Post Live, and he is the founding host of and a frequent contributor to the SSI Live podcast series.

SSI books and monographs by Dr. John R. Deni

  • NATO Missile Defense and the European Phased Adaptive Approach: The Implications of Burden-Sharing and the Underappreciated Role of the U.S. Army

    October 18, 2013

    Authored by Mr. Steven J. Whitmore, Dr. John R. Deni.
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    NATO's ballistic missile defense initiative remains a work in progress, but a lack of interceptor and sensor contributions on the part of the European allies is likely to have significant implications for the U.S. Army. In particular, the U.S. Army is likely to face increased manpower demands, materiel requirements, and training needs in order to meet the demand signal created by the NATO ballistic missile defense program.

  • The Future of American Landpower: Does Forward Presence Still Matter? The Case of the Army in Europe

    October 09, 2012

    Authored by Dr. John R. Deni.
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    The January 2012 announcement that the United States would reduce the number of Brigade Combat Teams in Europe captured media, popular, and scholarly attention, prompting many to ask: Is the United States turning its back on Europe as it pivots to Asia? Do the Europeans have the wherewithal to defend themselves? Are forward-based U.S. land forces necessary at all? Given the necessity of capable, interoperable coalition partners for the future security threats Washington most expects to encounter, the role of America’s forward military presence in Europe remains as vital as it was at the dawn of the Cold War, but for different reasons. Dr. Deni’s monograph forms a critical datapoint in the ongoing dialogue regarding the future of American Landpower.