Department of National Security and Strategy
Program Lead, Eisenhower Series College Program
Colonel Leon J. Perkowski, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the Director of the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP), an outreach program designed to improve mutual civil-military understanding of national security issues.
Colonel Perkowski graduated from Cornell University as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1993 and entered active duty in 1995 after receiving a Masters of Science degree in environmental pollution control from Pennsylvania State University. He spent the first half of his career as a weather officer supporting fighter wings at Shaw AFB and RAF Lakenheath, managing pollution control R&D projects at Air Force Research Laboratory, and serving as a weather staff officer for Headquarters US Army Europe and NATO’s Joint Headquarters, Centre where he deployed to support U.S. Army assets in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
After receiving a second master’s degree from Air Command and Staff College, Col Perkowski served as an instructor in and deputy chairperson of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at Air Command and Staff College, where he oversaw the production of one-third of the college’s core course materials and the annual execution of more than 2,400 person-hours of graduate-level instruction provided by 32 faculty members to over 500 rising field grade officers and civilian equivalents.
Col Perkowski subsequently served as the Associate Dean of Distance Learning at the U.S. Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL. While in that position, he helped establish the Air University’s eSchool of Graduate PME and served as its Associate Dean of Academics. The eSchool of Graduate PME provides non-resident graduate-level professional military education to more than 20,000 military and civilian students across the spectrum of preliminary, intermediate, and senior developmental education.
Prior to his assignment to the Army War College, Colonel Perkowski served as the Vice Commandant of Air Command and Staff College, which houses the eSchool of Graduate PME and is one of the world’s top in-residence and distance learning professional military education colleges for midcareer officers and civilians. It annually produces approximately 500 resident and 2,000 distant education graduates who go on to provide significant contributions in developing, employing, sustaining and commanding air, space and cyberspace power in joint and combined operations throughout the world.
Col Perkowski holds a Ph.D. in history from Kent State and his academic interests include the Cold War, deterrence credibility, national security strategy, the history of US foreign relations, and war and US society.
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