LTG James M. Dubik
Lieutenant General Jim Dubik, Ph.D., retired from the U.S. Army in July 2008. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Warand a Professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Advisory Council, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In 2012-2013, he was the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership sponsored by Penn State Law, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment. Beginning in fall 2015, General Dubik will be a Visiting Professor and Director of Teaching at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service’s Security Studies Program.
General Dubik’s last job on active duty was as Commanding General of the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq during the Surge of 2007-2008. The men and women of his command—representing 15 nations—accelerated the growth and development of all Iraqi Security Forces, military and police, to include improving the capabilities of Iraq’s Ministries of Defense and Interior as well as the Iraqi Joint Headquarters.
General Dubik has extensive operational experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Bosnia, Haiti, Panama, Honduras, and in many NATO countries. Commissioned as an infantry officer, General Dubik first served with the 82nd Airborne Division, then in the First and Second Ranger Battalions, and has commanded at every level, including Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and the 1st U.S. Army Corps. He led a Brigade Combat Team composed of U.S. and Multinational Forces in Northern Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994 and was Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Division North, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999. General Dubik stood up the Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and he led experiments on future warfare concepts and technologies for the Department of Defense.
General Dubik has published over 150 essays, written introductions to three books, and co-authored Envisioning Future Warfare with then the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Gordon Sullivan in 1995. He has been quoted in numerous print and on-line media—U.S. and foreign—and is a frequent lecturer and panel member on national security issues. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, Sky News, La Figaro, and Canadian News, among many others. He is a contributing editor to Army magazine, and an oft- requested speaker. His most recent publications in Army magazine are Winning Battles, Losing Wars and We Are Our Own Obstacles.
While at ISW, General Dubik has authored numerous publications including: Operational Art In Counterinsurgency: An Insider’s View; Choices and Consequences; The U.S. Role in Iraq Beyond 2011; Iraq's Lessons for Transition In Afghanistan; Afghanistan: It's Not Over, Accelerating Combat Power in Afghanistan; and Building Security Forces and Ministerial Capacity: Iraq as a Primer, and Creating Police and Law Enforcement Systems. He is under contract with the University Press of Kentucky writing Waging War Justly: Whose Job Is It?
General Dubik taught Philosophy at West Point and Campaign Theory and Practice at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has completed an MIT fellowship program for national security studies as well as executive programs in national security at Harvard’s JFK School of Government and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania; a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences from the Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University.
Coming Soon from LTG James Dubik
In the seminal Just and Unjust Wars, Michael Walzer famously considered the ethics of modern warfare, examining the moral issues that arise before, during, and after conflict. However, Walzer and subsequent scholars have often limited their analyses of the ethics of combat to soldiers on the ground and failed to recognize the moral responsibilities of senior political and military leaders.
In Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory, James M. Dubik draws on years of research as well as his own experiences as a soldier and teacher to fill the gaps left by other theorists. He applies moral philosophy, political philosophy, and strategic studies to historical and contemporary case studies to reveal the inaccuracies and moral bankruptcy that inform some of the literature on military ethics. Conventional just war theory adopts a binary approach, wherein political leaders have moral accountability for the decision to go to war and soldiers have accountability for fighting the war ethically. Dubik argues, however, that political and military leadership should be held accountable for the planning and execution of war in addition to the decision to initiate conflict.
Dubik bases his sober reassessment on the fundamental truth that war risks the lives of soldiers and innocents as well as the political and social health of communities. He offers new standards to evaluate the ethics of warfare in the hope of increasing the probability that the lives of soldiers will not be used in vain and the innocent not put at risk unnecessarily.