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Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Sklenka

Commandant of Marine Corps Military Fellow

U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Sklenka is the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a logistics officer and a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner. Lieutenant Colonel Sklenka was deployed in Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama, Marine Detachment UNITAS in South America, Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, various exercises throughout southwest Asia and South Korea, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and Joint Task Force (JTF)-Katrina on the U.S Gulf Coast. He has commanded three companies, served as a regimental logistics officer, and worked at Headquarters Marine Corps in the Plans, Policies, and Operations Branch. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Sklenka commanded Marine Service Support Group (MSSG)-11 where he deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to the U.S. Gulf Coast in support of JTF-Katrina and with the 11th MEU (SOC) to the Pacific and Central Combatant Command regions. His next assignment is with the J-4 Plans of U.S. Special Operations Command. Lieutenant Colonel Sklenka graduated from the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, VA; and has a B.S. in history from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College, Newport, RI; and completed the Air War College Non-Resident Program.

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SSI books and monographs by Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Sklenka

  • Strategy, National Interests, and Means to an End

    October 15, 2007

    Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Stephen D. Sklenka.
    This paper focuses on the interrelationship among national interests, stated ends, means to achieve those ends, and the strategies required to tie all of them together into a cohesive and effective vision for the commitment of U.S. forces.