Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III
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Isaiah (Ike) Wilson has earned a reputation as 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 combat 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 has held adjunct associate professorships at Columbia University, George Washington University, and the National War College. He now serves as associate professor with the department of social sciences at West Point, where he is director of the undergraduate program in American politics, public policy, and strategic studies.