Isaiah (Ike) Wilson, III
Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah (Ike) Wilson has earned a reputation as one of the nationís most promising soldier-scholars. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S.Army, graduating from West Point in 1989. Over the past 19 years, he has had a diversity of assignments, including troop command in Germany and the Balkans during the 1990s civil wars, political-military research and advisor to the Army Chief of Staff, and combat assignments in Iraq. Wilson has become a leading advocate for change in America's approaches to security policy, war, and peace.
His military career has included troop-leading, staff planning, and teaching assignments, while participating in strategic and operational level defense and security policy initiatives. He has published extensively on subjects related to organizational politics and national security/defense policy. His most recent book is Thinking Beyond War: Civil-Military Relations and Why America Fails to Win the Peace. As part of the Iraqi Freedom Study Group, Wilson helped to raise public attention and spark governmental movement toward policy reforms. At a time of significant change in the parameters, methods, and social context of war, he has been at the center of innovative planning in the future of U.S. intervention policy.
Wilson has enhanced his military skills with knowledge gathered through doctoral studies at Cornell University and studies for master degrees in various U.S. military programs. Joining the National War College faculty as the 2007-2008 U.S. Military Academy fellow, he now serves with the social sciences department at West Point as an associate professor and director of West Pointís American politics, public policy, and strategy undergraduate program.