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Colin Jackson
Director, Advanced Strategist Program
Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

Colin Jackson is the Director of the Advanced Strategist Program and an Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.  He studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (M.B.A., Finance), Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (M.A., International Economics and Strategic Studies), Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (B.A., Public and International Affairs), and completed his doctoral work in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., Political Science—Security Studies).  Dr. Jackson has taught a variety of courses at the Naval War College on topics ranging from strategy and grand strategy to political economy; he has also taught a series of courses on strategy, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and security studies at MIT and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and is a Research Affiliate of MIT’s Security Studies Program.  His current research includes work on civil wars and insurgency, economics and strategy, public and private sector risk management, air power, and organizational learning.  In 2011, Professor Jackson deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Executive Officer for Policy Planning for the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Jackson worked for several years in the corporate sector in financial trading, telecommunications, transportation markets, and power development.  He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.