Charles Allen

Professor of Leadership and Cultural Studies
Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, SSL



Colonel (retired) Charles D. Allen is the Elihu Root Chair of Military Studies and Professor of Leadership and Cultural Studies in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management at the United States Army War College. He teaches courses in strategic leadership, defense management, creative leadership, and leading in diverse organizations. 

A 1978 graduate of the United States Military Academy, he had 11 years of overseas assignments. His military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the United States Army War College. He also served as an instructor and assistant professor of Engineering Management at West Point. He culminated a 30-year Army career as Director, Leader Development at the Army War College. 

His areas of interest are Strategic Leadership, Civil-Military Relations, Creativity and Innovation, and Organizational Change. He is the author and co-author of two chapters in Strategic Leadership: The General’s Art. His works are published in Army Forces & Society, RUSI Journal, Journal of Military Ethics, Joint Force Quarterly, Parameters, Military Review, Armed Forces Journal, Journal of Installation Management, ARMY, Army Professional Readings, Army Times, Small Wars Journal, Leader to Leader Journal, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, and The Washington Post. 

He is an original contributor and member of the “On Leadership” panel of The Washington Post. 

Professor Allen was a member of the community of practice for the Army Profession/Profession of Arms Campaign and has conducted studies of professional military education for the U.S. Army. 

Professor Allen is the recipient of multiple Colonel John J. Madigan III faculty writing awards from the US Army War College.


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