Isaiah (Ike) Wilson, III
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Colonel Isaiah (Ike) Wilson has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar. A 1989 graduate of West Point, he has had a diversity of assignments, including troop command in Germany and the Balkans during the 1990s civil wars, and political-military research and advisory missions with the Army Chief of Staff; Director of Homeland Security; Commander, International Security Force-Afghanistan (ISAF); Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy-Kabul; and others. A decorated combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Wilson has become a leading advocate for change in America's concepts of and approaches to security policy, war, and peace.

Wilson's military career has spanned troop-leading, staff-planning, and teaching assignments, and he has published extensively on organizational politics, civil-military relations, and national security (defense) policy. His 2007 book, Thinking Beyond War: Civil-Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace, along with his service on the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group, helped to increase public attention to the problems and errors in U.S. post-war planning for the Iraq War and sparked governmental movement toward policy reforms. He has been at the center of innovative planning in the future of U.S. intervention policy.

With a PhD from Cornell University and multiple master's degrees from civilian and military institutions, Wilson is a former professor of political science and director of the American Politics, Policy, and Strategy academic program with the department of social sciences at West Point, as well as the founding director of West Point Grand Strategy Program. He has held adjunct associate professorships at Columbia University, George Washington University, Yale University, and the National War College. Wilson now serves as deputy director/chief of the Commander's Advisory Group (CAG), U.S. Central Command.