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Colonel (Ret.) Christopher M. Bado

CHRISTOPHER M. BADO, Colonel (COL), U.S. Army, Retired, is a former Army strategist and previously served as the Chair of the Department of Military Planning, and Operations at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) where he also held the John Shalikashvili Chair of Joint Military Studies. He has a deep background in strategic and operational planning with assignments at U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, the Army Staff, and United States Forces—Iraq. He served on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and as the Army Strategic Fellow at the University of Maryland in the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Maryland (CISSM). His areas of expertise are military and defense strategy, strategic and operational art, campaign planning, and special operations and irregular warfare. He holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and master’s degrees in national security affairs and strategic studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Air War College respectively.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel (Ret.) Christopher M. Bado

  • At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

    June 29, 2017

    Authored by Mr. Nathan P. Freier, Colonel (Ret.) Christopher M. Bado, Dr. Christopher J. Bolan, Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume, Colonel J. Matthew Lissner.
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    At Our Own Peril is the product of a year-long U.S. Army War College (USAWC) research effort focused on a single simple question: How should the Department of Defense (DoD) adapt its current risk identification and assessment conventions to accommodate an environment defined by persistent, disruptive change? Sponsored by Army G-3/5 (Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate), the Joint Staff, J-5 (Strategy Development Division), and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, the report recommends adoption of a post-primacy risk concept and its four governing principles of diversity, dynamism, persistent dialogue, and adaptation. The report adds significant texture and value to this summer’s strategy development debates.