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LTC Raymond A. Millen

Director of Regional Security Affairs
Area(s) of Expertise: NATO and European Security Issues, National Security Council Process, Insurgency/Counterinsurgency, and Afghanistan Security Issues

Phone: (717) 245-4939

Photo Lieutenant Colonel Raymond A. Millen is currently assigned as the Director of European Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982, was commissioned as an infantry officer, and has held a variety of command and staff assignments in Germany and Continental United States. He has also served as the U.S. Army Infantry School Liaison Officer to the German Infantry School at Hammelburg, Germany; Battalion Executive Officer, 3-502d Infantry, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and Chief of Intelligence Section and Balkans Team Chief, Survey Section, SHAPE, Belgium. He served in Kabul from July through November 2003 on the staff of the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan, focusing on the Afghan National Army and the General staff. Lieutenant Colonel Millen is a Foreign Area Officer for Western Europe. He recently returned from serving with Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Millen has published articles in a number of scholarly and professional journals to include Parameters, Military Review, Joint Special Warfare Journal, Comparative Strategy Journal, Infantry Magazine, and the Swiss Military Journal. His book, Command Legacy, was published by Brasseys in April 2002 and a revised, second edition was later published in 2008. Lieutenant Colonel Millen is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and holds an M.A. degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in World Politics at Catholic University of America.

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SSI books and monographs by LTC Raymond A. Millen

  • The Political Context Behind Successful Revolutionary Movements, Three Case Studies: Vietnam (1955-63), Algeria (1945-62), and Nicaragua (1967-79)

    March 20, 2008

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    The author examines the extent to which some states create the conditions for revolutionary movements to flourish. He explores how the governments in Vietnam (1955-63), Algeria (1945-62), and Nicaragua (1967-79) unintentionally empowered revolutionary movements, resulting in these governments’ demise.

  • Afghanistan: Reconstituting a Collapsed State

    April 01, 2005

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    The U.S. effort to reconstitute Afghanistan as a fully sovereign and functioning state is endangered by endemic warlordism more so than the low-level Taliban/al Qaeda insurgency. LTC Millen offers a shift in strategy that addresses the war of ideas, the counter narcotics initiative, and the incorporation of the Afghan National Army into the provincial reconstruction teams. As LTC Millen observes, all the resources are in place, they simply need a shift in focus.

  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 21st Century: Reconceputalizing Threat and Response

    November 01, 2004

    Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    Modern insurgency warfare presents fresh challenges for the United States, which must re-conceptualize its approach to fighting such conflicts. Because the dominant characteristics of insurgency--protractedness and ambiguity--effectively stymie the American military's approach to war, the United States needs to reorient its strategic thinking.

  • Reconfiguring the American Military Presence in Europe

    February 01, 2004

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    America has three basic options regarding the basing of ground troops in Europe--complete withdrawal, annual rotations, and restructuring the Alliance to accommodate a smaller U.S. presence. Restructuring NATO to nine integrated multinational divisions permits greater burden sharing and an expeditionary capability.

  • Why They Fight: Combat Motivation in the Iraq War

    July 01, 2003

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, COL Thomas A. Kolditz, LTC Raymond A. Millen, COL Terrence M. Potter.
    Today's U.S. soldiers, much like soldiers of the past, fight for each other. Researchers also found that soldiers cited ideological reasons such as liberation, freedom, and democracy as important factors in combat motivation.

  • Strategic Effects of Conflict with Iraq: Europe

    March 01, 2003

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    The vast majority of European states will contribute to the peacekeeping mission in Iraq if asked bilaterally. Given its proximity, the European Union can provide substantial economic and diplomatic resources for stabilizing the region. The European Union will seize upon the opportunities of greater regional democratization to practice diplomacy and crisis resolution.

  • Future War/Future Battlespace: The Strategic Role of American Landpower

    March 01, 2003

    Authored by Dr. Steven Metz, LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    The trends in the strategic environment in the development of the Future War/Future Battlespace suggest that traditional warfighting has changed in the post 9-11 era. The strategic environment can be classified into four strategic battlespaces, within which future adversaries will operate to thwart U.S. strategic initiatives.

  • Pax NATO: The Opportunities of Enlargement

    August 01, 2002

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    The process of NATO enlargement has served to harmonize Central and Eastern Europe with Western Europe in a remarkable manner. That achievement alone has made enlargement worthwhile. Beyond the next round of enlargement, the reorientation of NATO enlargement towards the Middle East and North African regions recognizes future threats. These regions may never receive the full security umbrella of NATO.

  • Tweaking NATO: The Case for Integrated Multinational Divisions

    June 01, 2002

    Authored by LTC Raymond A. Millen.
    NATO's integrated military structure does not easily accommodate the new members, which still suffer from the effects of the Soviet system. Their nascent market economies and unsophisticated militaries represent great obstacles to NATO interoperability.

SSI articles, editorial, and briefs by LTC Raymond A. Millen