Jay Parker is professor and chair of the International Security Studies Department at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, where he taught security studies, international relations, and media and foreign policy. He served as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University and currently serves in this capacity at George Washington University. At the U.S. Military Academy's Department of Social Services, he was director of international relations and security studies, and professor of public and international affairs. His teaching and research topics include international relations, strategy, American foreign policy, mass media and politics, and politics and film.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, he also earned master's degrees from Arizona State University, the University of Southern California, and the Naval War College. He received a PhD in political science from Columbia University.
As an officer in the U.S. Army for 26 years, Parker served in a variety of infantry and special operations command and staff positions in the United States and Europe. After retiring from active duty in 2005 in the rank of colonel, he served as executive vice president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and as advisor and center liaison to the Iraq Study Group. He was a member of the defense policy team and the veterans' advisory group for the Obama presidential campaign and the subsequent transition agency review team. Parker is a member of the Council for Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict. His civilian professional experience also includes service as a congressional staff aide, political media consultant, and journalist.