Johnathon Kupka

Deputy Director, Civil-Military Relations Center
USAWC Professor
Department of National Security and Strategy, SSL



Colonel Johnathon Moon Kupka is a Professor of Security Studies at the United States Army War College. He received his commission in the U.S. Army after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University. He is a graduate of numerous military schools and courses including the arduous Air Assault School; ostensibly the toughest ten days in the Army. 

Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, Colonel Kupka taught graduate students at Maxwell AFB, AL for the Air War College. Previous non-command assignments include service as a military assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Deputy J5 for the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan.

His command assignments include: Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha 1332 and Headquarters Support Company Commander, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He commanded the 39th Special Forces Detachment (Airborne) forward deployed in the Republic of Korea. He also commanded the United States Army Headquarters Battalion and the 2nd Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). 

Colonel Kupka deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Resolute Support, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. 

Dr. Kupka holds masters degrees from Georgetown University, School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Colonel Kupka earned many badges, tabs, medals, and ribbons throughout his career including the highly coveted and sought after Army Service Ribbon. 


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