Jay M. Parker
Jay Parker is professor and chair of international security studies at the College of International Security Affairs of National Defense University in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he earned master's degrees from Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and the Naval War College, and a PhD in political science from Columbia University. He has written, taught, and lectured on national security, international relations, East Asia, film, foreign policy, politics and elections, civil-military relations, education, and mass media. A Truman National Security Project Fellow, Parker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory board of Center for Civilians in Conflict.
His recent professional experience includes service on the faculties of Georgetown, George Washington, and Columbia universities. Parker served for 26 years as an officer in the U.S. Army in a variety of command and staff positions, retiring in the rank of colonel. For more than a decade, he was a professor and director of international relations and security studies at the U.S. Military Academy. Prior to his military service, he was a congressional staff assistant and a political media consultant.
After retiring from the military, 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. Parker is a U.S.-Japan Leader Fellow, a former member of advisory committees for the Museum of Television and Radio, and a former visiting research fellow at Princeton University. He was a member of the defense policy team and the veterans' advisory group for the Obama presidential campaign, and served on the presidential transition.