J.P. Clark is an army officer, historian, and senior editor at War Room.
As a soldier, J.P. began his career as an armor officer, serving with tank battalions at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and in the Republic of Korea. In 2006, he transitioned to the strategic plans and policy career field. He later served as the executive officer to the general commanding conventional ground forces in northern Iraq. Subsequent assignments include duty with the Army Transition Team for the Chief of Staff-designate, the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the Army, and the Initiatives Group of the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff as an exchange officer, and chief of the Joint Concepts Branch of the U.S. Army Capabilities and Integration Center. He is currently the deputy director for academic engagement at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.
As a scholar, J.P. is fascinated by the way that military institutions evolve and adapt. What happens when internal processes and culture interact with external inputs and pressures? His book, Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917, examines that interplay of forces while following the course of the army from the War of 1812 through the American entry to World War I. Military adaptation and professionalism are the main themes throughout much of his other academic and professional work, which has appeared in Parameters, Military Review, War Room, The Strategy Bridge, British Army Review, The Three Swords, War on the Rocks, Strategos, and Armor.
He is both a graduate and a former faculty member of West Point. He also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Duke University.
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