JP Clark

Associate Professor
Basic Strategic Arts Program
Department of Military Strategy, Plans, and Operations, SSL



Dr. J.P. Clark is the Professor of Military Strategy in the Basic Strategic Art Program. He holds a B.S. in Russian-German from the U.S. Military Academy, an M.S.S. from the Army War College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Duke University.

Dr. Clark is the author of Preparing for War: The Emergence of the Modern U.S. Army, 1815-1917. Published by Harvard University Press in 2017, that book examines the interaction of internal organizational processes and culture with external inputs and pressures through peace and war. He also is the co-author of “Striking the Balance: U.S. Army Force Posture in Europe, 2028” published by the Army War College Press in 2020 and “Practical Strategists: The Perspective and Craft of the General Staff Officer” in “On Strategy: A Primer” published by Army University Press in 2020. He was the lead author for the “U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations, 2028”; the Joint Concept for Integrated Campaigning; Joint Doctrine Note 1-19, Competition Continuum; and Chief of Staff of the Army Paper #2, “The Army in Military Competition. His other published work includes chapters and articles in the Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security, War Room, Parameters, Military Review, The Bridge, and War on the Rocks. Dr. Clark is currently working on a history of U.S. military strategy in the Pacific from 1898 to 1941.

Colonel (retired) Clark served in the army for over twenty-six years. During that time he served in various staff, leadership and command roles in tank battalions at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the Republic of Korea; executive officer to the commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division/United States Division-North in Iraq; a member of the Army Transition Team for General Dempsey; military assistant for strategy to the secretary of the Army; exchange officer on the initiatives group of the British Army’s chief of the general staff; chief of the Joint Concepts Branch at the U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center; the director for National Security Affairs at the Strategic Studies Institute; and chief of the Strategy Division in the Army G-35. He also served as an instructor at both the U.S. Military Academy and the Army War College.


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