Dr. Steven Metz
Senior Research Professor, Geostrategic Affairs
Areas of Expertise: U.S. national security strategy; military operations other than war; theory of military strategy; Sub-Saharan Africa; revolution in military affairs; and strategic futures.
Dr. Steven Metz is a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute. He has been with SSI since 1993, previously serving as Director of Research; Henry L. Stimson Professor of Military Studies; Chairman of the Regional Strategy Department; Research Director for the Joint Strategic Landpower Task Force; Director of the Future of American Strategy Project; Project Director for the Army Iraq Stabilization Strategic Assessment; Director of the Strategic Studies Institute and Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Future Landpower Environment Project; and Co-Organizer (along with former Deputy Secretary of Defense John White and former Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch) of the Harvard-U.S. Army War College Symposia on Security Transformation.
Dr. Metz has also been on the faculty of the Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He has been an advisor to political campaigns; testified in both houses of Congress; and spoken on military and security issues around the world. He served on the blue ribbon advisory panel for the Secretary of Defense Strategic Portfolio Review for Close Combat Capabilities; the RAND Insurgency Board; the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Army history of Operation Iraqi Freedom; the Senior Advisory Panel on Special Forces—Conventional Forces Interdependence; the Atlantic Council’s Defense Austerity Task Force; the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Panel for the Iraq Working Group; the Board of Advisers for the American Enterprise Institute’s Defense Review; the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Defense Reform For a New Era Task Force; and the Lexington Institute’s Grading Government Performance on Homeland Security Task Force. He has also been an Adjunct Scholar at the U.S. Military Academy’s Modern War Institute.
Dr. Metz is the author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy (2008) and several hundred articles, essays, monographs, reports, and book chapters. His research has taken him to 32 countries, including Iraq immediately after the collapse of the Hussein regime He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MA and BA from the University of South Carolina.