J. P. Clark

Colonel, U.S. Army




Ph.D., History, Duke University, 2009

M.A., History, Duke University, 2006

B.S., Russian-German with Systems Engineering Concentration, U.S. Military Academy, 1997


Professional Duty Assignments

Deputy Director for Academic Engagement, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2018-2019

Joint Concepts Branch Chief, U.S. Army Capabilities and Integration Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia, 2016-2018

Exchange Officer, British Army Strategy Branch and Chief of the General Staff’s Initiatives Group, London, United Kingdom, 2014-2016

Military Assistant for Strategy to the Secretary of the Army, Washington, DC, 2011-2014

Army Transition Team, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Washington, DC, 2011

Executive Officer to the Commanding General, United States Division-North, Tikrit, Iraq, 2009-2010

Tank Battalion Headquarters Company Commander, Camp Casey, Korea, 2003-2004

Tank Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Camp Casey, Korea, 2003

Tank Company Commander, Camp Casey, Korea, 2001-2003

Tank Battalion Maintenance Officer, Camp Casey, Korea, 2001

Brigade Personnel Officer, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 2000

Tank Battalion Headquarters Company Executive Officer, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1999-2000

Tank Company Executive Officer, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1999

Tank Platoon Leader, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1998-1999

Tank Battalion Assistant Intelligence Officer, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 1997-1998


Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy, 2008-2009

Instructor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy, 2006-2008


Publications - Books and Monographs

With C. Anthony Pfaff, Striking the Balance: U.S. Army Force Posture in Europe, 2028 (Carlisle, Penn.: U.S. Army War College Press, forthcoming)

Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017)

Publications - Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Military Operations and the Defense Department,” Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security, ed. Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and John A. Cloud (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

“Organizational Change and Adaptation in the US Army,” Parameters 46, no. 3 (Autumn 2016): 23-39

Publications - Lead Author for a Government Document

U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Note 1-19: Competition Continuum (2019)

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations, 2028 (2018)

U.S. Army Department of Defense, Joint Concept for Integrated Campaigning (2018)

Headquarters, Department of the Army, Future Force Development Strategy (2017)

Publications - Other Articles

“Chasing the Delta: A Pitfall of the Military’s ‘Can-do’ Ethos,” War Room, 1 August 2019, (https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/articles/chasing-the-delta-a-pitfall-of-the-militarys-can-do-ethos/)

“‘Good Allies’: International Perspectives on Afghanistan, War Room, 29 March 2019, (https://warroom.armywarcollege.edu/articles/good-allies/)

“We Want It, What Is It? Unpacking Civilian Control of the Military,” The Bridge, 4 April 2017, (http://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017/4/4/unpacking-civilian-control-of-the-military)

“In Defense of a Big Idea for Joint Warfighting,” War on the Rocks, 22 December 2016 (http://warontherocks.com/2016/12/in-defense-of-a-big-idea-for-joint-warfighting/)

“Thinking and Codifying: The U.S. Army Operating Concept and Army Warfighting Challenges,” The Three Swords, no. 30 (June 2016): 59-66

“Win in a Complex World: The New U.S. Army Operating Concept,” British Army Review, no. 164, (Autumn 2015): 80-87; reprinted in Journal of the Royal Artillery 137, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 8-11

“The Army #Operating Concept and Allies,” The Bridge, 16 October 2014 (https:// medium.com/the-bridge/the-army-operating-concept-and-allies-af15ab23e522)

“The Challenges of Uncertainty: Forging an Adaptable Army for an Unpredictable World,” Strategos: The Journal of the United States Military Strategists Association, no. 9 (Fall 2012)

“The Missed Opportunity: A Critique of ADP 3-0, Unified Land Operations,” Military Review 92, no. 4 (July-August, 2012): 46-52

 “A Lieutenant’s Plea to Company Commanders,” Armor (November-December 1999): 40-41, 47

Publications - Books Reviews

Review of Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture by Donald E. Vandergriff, Army 69, no. 9 (September 2019): 67.

Review of Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer by David J. Fitzpatrick, Strategy Bridge, 1 January 2018, (https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/1/1/reviewing-emory-upton-misunderstood-reformer)

Review of Doing What You Know: The United States and 250 Years of Irregular Warfare by David E. Johnson, Parameters 47, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 125-126

Review of Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield by Brian M. Linn, British Journal of Military History 3, no. 2 (February 2017): 134-136

Review of Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall, Strategos: The Journal of the United States Military Strategists Association, no. 12 (Spring 2014): 59-64

Editorial Experience

Senior Editor, War Room, 2018-

Manuscript Referee: University Press of Kansas, University of Missouri Press, Association of the U.S. Army Books/Naval Institute Press, Parameters

Endowed Lecture

“Preparing for War: Four Generations of the U.S. Army, 1815-1917,” Association of the U.S. Army Lemnitzer Lecture, 2017


Papers Presented at Conferences

“Military Adaptation through the Generational Lens: The Origins of the Progressive Era American Military Profession,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida, 2 April 2017

“The Regular and the Radical: Emory Upton, Leonard Wood, and the Role of the U.S. Army,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Arlington, Virginia, 12 May 2012

“Modernization without Technology: U.S. Army Organizational and Educational Reform, 1901-1911,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Ogden, Utah, 18 April 2008


“The General Staff that Wasn’t",” War Room, 13 September 2019

“U.S. Army Professionalism and Preparations for War, 1815-1917,” (guest) Strategy Bridge, 20 May 2019 

Lectures and Seminars: International

Oxford University Changing Character of War Program, 2016

Defence Entrepreneurs Forum (UK), 2016


Lectures and Seminars: U.S.

Carlisle Strategy Sessions, 2019

U.S. Army War College Noontime Lectures Series, 2017

DePuy-Starry Hampton Roads Chapter, Army Strategists Association, 2017

Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, 2017

Institute of World Politics sponsored by Center for Military and Diplomatic History, 2017

Scotch, Cigars, and Strategy, 2014

New York Military Affairs Symposium, 2008

New York-New England Chapter of the Western Front Association, 2008

West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, 2007, 2008

West Point Faculty Development Forum, 2008


Panels: U.S.

Joint Staff Strategic Multi-year Assessment Conference, 2019

U.S Air War College Faculty Development Seminar, 2018

Defense Entrepreneur's Forum D.C., 2018

Air Command and Staff College, 2018


Courses Taught

HI 462: History of Science and Technology (Course Director)

HI 385: War and its Theorists (Course Director)                              

HI 301 & HI 302: History of the Military Art


Additional Academic Service

U.S. Army War College, Library Committee, Student Representative, 2019-2020

U.S. Army War College Faculty Council, Executive Committee Member, 2019

U.S. Army War College Faculty Search Committee Member, 2018

U.S. Army War College Strategic Research Project Advisor, Fellows Faculty Mentor, and Seminar Affiliate, 2018-2019

West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, Director (2008) and Deputy Director (2007)

West Point Department of History Faculty Development Goal Team and Community of Scholars Goal Team, 2008-2009

West Point, Professional Military Ethic Education Program, Company Team Leader, 2006-2009


Fellowships and Recognitions

Military Fellow, College of William & Mary Project on International Peace & Security, 2016-2017

Featured Contributor, The Bridge, 2017


Professional Military Education

U.S. Army War College, Resident Course, Carlisle Scholars Program (currently enrolled)

Basic Strategic Arts Program, U.S. Army War College, 2011

Intermediate Level Education, U.S. Command and General Staff College, 2011

Defense Strategy Course, U.S. Army War College, 2007

Combined Armed Services Staff School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College,  2001

Armor Captains Career Course, 2001

Armor Officer Basic Course, 1997


Select Military Awards and Qualifications

Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Strategist Association Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel

U.S. Armor & Cavalry Association Order of St. George (Bronze Medallion)

U.S. Armor Center Draper Leadership Award

Department of State Meritorious Honor Award

Army Staff Identification Badge


Professional Affiliations

Society of Military History

Army Strategists Association

Military Writers Guild