Ketti Davison

Director of Innovation and Tradecraft


Colonel (Ret.) Ketti Davison is the Director of Innovation and Tradecraft at the Institute for the Study of War. She retired from the U.S. Army in February 2019.  Colonel (Ret.) Davison has over 30 years of experience in military intelligence, planning, and operational design. She has served as the Senior Intelligence Officer (S2/G2/J2) at the battalion, brigade, division, and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) levels. 

Colonel (Ret.) Davison’s combat deployments encompassed both the Iraq and Afghanistan surges. She served two tours in Iraq as the Intelligence Plans Chief for Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) and as a Strategist on the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) Commanding General’s Initiatives Group, followed by two tours in Afghanistan as the Senior Intelligence Officer (J2) for Regional Command-South (RC-S) and Chief of Plans for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).  Upon the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), she deployed to Kuwait, established, and led the Joint Intelligence Support Element (JISE) for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).  She also deployed in support of Cuban and Haitian refugee operations and conducted initial crisis response planning for the Pacific theater. 

Colonel (Ret.) Davison commanded the Joint Intelligence Center Central Command (JICCENT) for the nation’s largest and most dynamic Combatant Command, and the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) with its unique science and technology intelligence mission.  She served as the Army Chief of Staff’s Director of Research and Analysis and was a senior military fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). 

Colonel (Ret.) Davison holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton Central Texas University and Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University.

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