Lieutenant General James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), ISW Senior Fellow, currently conducts research, writes, teaches, and briefs on behalf of the Institute. His areas of focus include the future of war, the nature and conduct of war, strategic leadership, counterinsurgency, and security force assistance and reform.
LTG Dubik retired in July of 2008 after commanding the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq during the Surge of 2007-8. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, and five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal. He is ranger, airborne, and air assault qualified and holds the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Dubik was the Commanding General of I Corps at Ft. Lewis and the Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division. He has served in the 82D Airborne Division, both the First and Second Ranger Battalions, was a Brigade Commander in the 10th Mountain Division during Operation Uphold Democracy, and was Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Division North, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He created the Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team and developed the training methodologies for these formations.
He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins and a master's degree in military arts and sciences from the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Warfare School, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship Program, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. He 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. Dubik is a former Professor of the Practice in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program.
He is President and CEO of Dubik Associates, an international consulting firm with a focus on leader development, organizational change, and national strategic and intelligence issues. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Advisory Council, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; the 2012-2013 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership; a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame; a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment; and on the Board of Leadership Roundtable. And he is a Recipient of the 2017 Thomas B. Hagan Dignitas Award.
Dubik is a co-author, with General (Retired) Gordon Sullivan, of Envisioning Future Warfare (1995), and the author of Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory 92016). He has published over 200 essays, articles, op-eds, and monographs on a variety of leadership, war, and other national security matters.