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Dr. Anna Simons

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ANNA SIMONS is a Professor of Defense Analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), joining the faculty in 1998. Prior to teaching at NPS, Dr. Simons was an assistant and then associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as chair of the Masters in African Area Studies Program. At NPS, she teaches courses in the anthropology of conflict, military advising, low intensity conflict in Africa, and political anthropology. Dr. Simons is the author of Networks of Dissolution: Somalia Undone and The Company They Keep: Life Inside the U.S. Army Special Forces. She is co-author of The Sovereignty Solution: A Commonsense Approach to Global Security. She has written extensively about intervention, conflict, and the military from an anthropological perspective for a wide range of publications, such as The American Interest, The National Interest, Orbis, Third World Quarterly, and Parameters. Dr. Simons holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Anna Simons

  • 21st-Century Challenges of Command: A View from the Field

    May 31, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Anna Simons.
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    This Letort Paper examines challenges that confront 21st-century commanders—particularly at the O-4 through O-6 levels. Observations are drawn from special operations force (SOF) experiences in Afghanistan, but apply more broadly and lead to several conclusions about the Army’s surprising under-utilization of hierarchy.

  • Got Vision? Unity of Vision in Policy and Strategy: What It Is and Why We Need It

    July 20, 2010

    Authored by Dr. Anna Simons.
    Having the right "who" to devise strategy is critical to success in counterinsurgency or any asymmetric, cross-cultural encounter. This monograph contends that if we do not get the "who" right, none of the "whats," in terms of what we do, matters.