Dr. Steven Metz

Senior Research Professor, Geostrategic Affairs

Areas of Expertise: U.S. national security strategy; military operations other than war; theory of military strategy; Sub-Saharan Africa; revolution in military affairs; and strategic futures.

Dr. Steven Metz is Professor of National Security and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy.

From 1993 to 2020, Dr. Metz was in the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute serving as Director of Research; Henry L. Stimson Professor of Military Studies; Chairman of the Regional Strategy Department; Research Director for the Joint Strategic Landpower Task Force; Director of the Future of American Strategy Project; Project Director for the Army Iraq Stabilization Strategic Assessment; Director of the Strategic Studies Institute and Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Future Landpower Environment Project; and Co-Organizer (along with former Deputy Secretary of Defense John White and former Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch) of the Harvard-U.S. Army War College Symposia on Security Transformation.

Dr. Metz has also been on the faculty of the Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He has been an advisor to political campaigns; testified in both houses of Congress; and spoken on military and security issues around the world. He served on the blue ribbon advisory panel for the Secretary of Defense Strategic Portfolio Review for Close Combat Capabilities; the RAND Insurgency Board; the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Army history of Operation Iraqi Freedom; the Senior Advisory Panel on Special Forces—Conventional Forces Interdependence; the Atlantic Council’s Defense Austerity Task Force; the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Panel for the Iraq Working Group; the Board of Advisers for the American Enterprise Institute’s Defense Review; the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Defense Reform For a New Era Task Force; and the Lexington Institute’s Grading Government Performance on Homeland Security Task Force. He has also been an Adjunct Scholar at the U.S. Military Academy’s Modern War Institute.

Dr. Metz is the author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy (2008) and several hundred articles, essays, monographs, reports, and book chapters. His research has taken him to 32 countries, including Iraq immediately after the collapse of the Hussein regime He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MA and BA from the University of South Carolina.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Steven Metz

2010 SSI Annual Strategy Conference Report “Defining War for the 21st Century”. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr Phillip R. Cuccia, COL (Ret).  January 31, 2011.

Decisionmaking In Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: The Strategic Shift of 2007. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. May 06, 2010.

Decisionmaking in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: Removing Saddam Hussein by Force. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. Edited by Professor John R. Martin. March 22, 2010.

Rethinking Insurgency. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. June 05, 2007.

Learning from Iraq: Counterinsurgency in American Strategy. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. December 22, 2006.

Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 21st Century: Reconceputalizing Threat and Response. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, LTC Raymond A. Millen. November 01, 2004.

Future War/Future Battlespace: The Strategic Role of American Landpower. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, LTC Raymond A. Millen. March 01, 2003

Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm . Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. April 01, 2001

The American Army in the Balkans: Strategic Alternatives and Implications. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. January 01, 2001

Asymmetry and U.S. Military Strategy: Definition, Background, and Strategic Concepts. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II. January 01, 2001

American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. September 01, 2000

Armed Conflict in the 21st Century: The Information Revolution and Post-Modern Warfare. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. March 01, 2000

Refining American Strategy in Africa. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. February 01, 2000

Nonlethality and American Land Power: Strategic Context and Operational Concepts. Authored by Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Steven Metz. June 01, 1998

The United States and the Transformation of African Security: The African Crisis Response Initiative and Beyond. Authored by COL Daniel W. Henk, Dr. Steven Metz. December 01, 1997

Strategic Horizons: The Military Implications of Alternative Futures Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. March 01, 1997

The Strategist and the Web Revisited: An Updated Guide to Internet Resources. Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz. October 01, 1996

Reform, Conflict, and Security in Zaire. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. June 01, 1996

The Future of American Landpower: Strategic Challenges for the 21st Century Army. Authored by Dr. William T. Johnsen, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Steven Metz, LTC James Kievit. March 01, 1996

The Strategist and the Web: Guide to Internet Resources. Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz. February 01, 1996

Armies and Democracy in the New Africa: Lessons from Nigeria and South Africa. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Kent Hughes Butts. January 01, 1996

The Principles of War in the 21st Century: Strategic Considerations. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Dr. William T. Johnsen, LTC James Kievit. August 01, 1995

Strategy and the Revolution in Military Affairs: From Theory to Policy. Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz. June 01, 1995

American Civil-Military Relations: New Issues, Enduring Problems. Authored by Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II, Dr. Steven Metz. April 01, 1995

Counterinsurgency: Strategy and the Phoenix of American Capability. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. February 01, 1995

Disaster and Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa: Learning from Rwanda. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. September 01, 1994

The Revolution in Military Affairs and Conflict Short of War. Authored by LTC James Kievit, Dr. Steven Metz. July 01, 1994

America in the Third World: Strategic Alternatives and Military Implications. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. May 01, 1994

World View: The 1994 Strategic Assessment from the Strategic Studies Institute. Edited by Dr. Steven Metz, Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr. April 01, 1994

The Future of Insurgency. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. December 01, 1993

The Future of the United Nations: Implications for Peace Operations. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. October 01, 1993

Eisenhower as Strategist: The Coherent Use of Military Power in War and Peace. Authored by Dr. Steven Metz. February 01, 1993