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COL Eric Hartunian

Director SRAD & Outreach

Colonel Eric Hartunian, Director of SRAD & Outreach

Colonel Hartunian enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1993 as an Intelligence Analyst. After completing ROTC at New Mexico Military Institute, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the Louisiana National Guard. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1997 from Louisiana State University, he entered active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course.

After leaving the Basic Course, Colonel Hartunian was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery at Fort Wainwright, Alaska where he served in various roles including Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, and Personnel Officer. He then moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he completed the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and commanded both a One Station Unit Training Battery, and an Advanced Individual Training Battery. During this time, he also completed his first master’s degree from Webster University. Colonel Hartunian deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Border Transition Team Advisor for 12 months before being selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. After earning his second master’s degree in Defense Analysis, he transitioned to the Army Strategist (FA59) career field and attended the Command and General Staff College and the Basic Strategic Arts Program. His next assignment was to Fort Campbell, Kentucky as the Chief of Plans for the 101st Airborne Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan as part of Combined Joint Task Force-101 and served as the Deputy Director of Plans for Regional Command-East.

Colonel Hartunian’s next assignment was to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College in the Department of Joint, International, and Multinational Operations. Following this assignment, the Army selected Colonel Hartunian as one of 11 officers to attend the first cohort of the Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program (ASP3) through which he pursued a PhD in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. Upon completion of his coursework, Colonel Hartunian was assigned as the Chief Strategist at the National Counterterrorism Center’s Directorate of Strategic and Operational Planning. After completing his PhD dissertation, Colonel Hartunian moved to Jerusalem, Israel to assume duties as the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Assessments for the U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC). Colonel Hartunian most recently served as the Eighth U.S. Army's Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, in the Republic of Korea.

Colonel Hartunian’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medals (2OLC), the NATO Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Hartunian and his wife Kyla have three children, Asher, Charlie, and Roman.

By Department

Director’s Office

Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff – Director of SSI & USAWC Press​
Mr. Tom Kardos – Deputy Director
Melissa Holley – Administrative Officer

Strategic Research and Analysis Department (SRAD) & Outreach

COL Eric Hartunian – Director
LTC Paul Milas – Director of African Affairs
Dr. James D. Scudieri – Senior Research Historian
Dr. John R. Deni – Research Professor of JIIM Security Studies
Dr. Evan Ellis – Research Professor of Latin American Studies
Dr. M. Chris Mason – Associate Professor of National Security
Dr. Richard A. Lacquement, Jr. – Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Dr. Ron Gurantz – Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Dr. Michael E. Lynch – Research Associate Professor of the National Security Affairs

China Landpower Studies Center

COL Richard D. Butler – Director
Mr. Joshua Arostegui – Professor of Strategy, Chair of China Studies
Dr. Sheena Greitens – Visiting Associate Professor
Dr. Brian G. Carlson – Research Professor of Indo-Pacific Security Studies
Mr. Richard Gunnell – Research Professor of China Military Studies
Mr. Jake Vartanian – Military Analyst, Landpower and Warfare


Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II – Editor in Chief
Ms. Lori K. Janning – Managing Editor/Parameters
Mr. Richard K. Leach – Digital Media Manager
Dr. Erin Forest – Developmental Editor
Ms. Stephanie D. Crider – Copy Editor
Ms. Ellie Foster – Copy Editor
Mrs. Kristen Taylor – Visual Information Specialist/Content Manager
Ms. Kaitlyn Guettler – Visual Information Specialist

Operations and Programs

Vacant– Operations Officer

Alphabetical Listing

A – F

Arostegui, Joshua – China Landpower Studies Center Chair
Butler, COL Richard D. – China Landpower Studies Center Director
Carlson, Dr. Brian G. – Research Professor of Indo-Pacific Security Studies
Crider, Stephanie D. – Copy Editor
Deni, Dr. John R. – Research Professor of JIIM Security Studies
Echevarria II, Dr. Antulio J. – Editor in Chief
Ellis, Dr. Evan – Research Professor of Latin American Studies
Forest, Dr. Erin – Consulting Editor
Foster, Ms. Ellie Copy Editor


G – J

Greitens, Dr. Sheena – Visiting Associate Professor, China Landpower Studies Center
Guettler, Ms. Kaitlyn – Visual Information Specialist
Gunnell, Richard – Research Professor of China Military Studies
Gurantz, Dr. Ron – Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Hartunian, COL Eric – SRAD Director
Holley, Melissa Administrative Officer
Janning, Ms. Lori K. – Managing Editor/Parameters


K – O

Kardos, Mr. Tom – Deputy Director
Lacquement, Dr. Richard A., Jr. – Research Professor of National Security Affairs
Leach, Mr. Richard K. – Digital Media Manager
Lynch, Dr. Michael E. – Research Associate Professor of National Security Affairs
Mason, Dr. M. Chris – Associate Professor of National Security
Milas, LTC Paul – Director of African Affairs

P – Z

Pfaff, Dr. C. Anthony – Director of SSI & USAWC Press
Scudieri, Dr. James D.– Senior Research Historian
Taylor, Mrs. Kristen – Visual Information Specialist/Content Manager
Vartanian, Jake – Military Analyst, Landpower and Warfare​