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Dr. Stephen J. Gerras

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Stephen Gerras is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management at the U.S. Army War College. He served in the Army for over 25 years, including commanding a light infantry company and a transportation battalion, teaching leadership at West Point, and serving as the Chief of Operations and Agreements for the Office of Defense Cooperation in Ankara, Turkey. Colonel (Ret.) Gerras holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Penn State University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Stephen J. Gerras

  • Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

    February 17, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras.
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    Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it. Further, much of the deception and dishonesty that occurs in the profession of arms is actually encouraged and sanctioned by the military institution.

  • Changing Minds In The Army: Why It Is So Difficult and What To Do About It

    October 28, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Stephen J. Gerras, Dr. Leonard Wong.
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    In a time of extraordinary fiscal and national security uncertainty, it seems naïve to assume that all, or even most, of a strategic leader’s current assumptions will be just as relevant several years into the future. This monograph highlights the need for Army senior leaders, in the midst of change, to periodically question their deep-seated beliefs on critical issues—and perhaps change their minds—rather than relying solely on what they have long believed to be true.

  • The Effects of Multiple Deployments on Army Adolescents

    January 28, 2010

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras.
    Frequent U.S. Army deployments increase the burden on children who must face the stress and strain of separation and anxiety. The authors take a much-needed, detailed look at the effects of multiple deployments on Army adolescents.

  • CU @ The FOB: How the Forward Operating Base is Changing the Life of Combat Soldiers

    March 01, 2006

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras.
    The situation in post-war Iraq is producing combat veterans accustomed to a perspective of combat that differs greatly from past wars. The authors explore the facets of fighting from the FOB.

  • Strategic Leadership Competencies

    September 01, 2003

    Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras, COL William Kidd, COL Robert Pricone, COL Richard Swengros.
    The strategic leadership literature is replete with long lists of the knowledge, skills, and abilities. Looking across the literature on strategic leadership, current Army strategic leader competencies, and the future environment, six meta-competencies can be derived: identity, mental agility, cross-cultural savvy, interpersonal maturity, world-class warrior, and professional astuteness.

SSI articles, editorial, and briefs by Dr. Stephen J. Gerras