COL George Shatzer

Director, Strategic Research and Analysis Division, Strategic Studies Institute 

Colonel Shatzer received his commission as an Engineer Officer from Arizona State University in 1993. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He transferred to Functional Area 59 (Strategic Plans and Policy) in 2005 and is a 2016 graduate of the United States Naval War College.  

Prior to his arrival at Carlisle Barracks, he was assigned to Korea where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, for the U.S. Eighth Army both at USAG Yongsan and USAG Humphreys. He has previously served as the Deputy CJ5 for the ISAF/Resolute Support Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan; Strategist and Lead Planner for JTF 519 at Camp Smith, HI; and Chief of Plans, G5, 25th Infantry Division, in Tikrit, Iraq. He has also taught JPME-II and was course director for contingency planning at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.  

Colonel Shatzer holds two Master of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 4OLC, the OIF and OEF Campaign Medals, the NATO Medal, the UN Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. 


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