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Professor John F. Troxell

External Researcher

Photo JOHN F. TROXELL is a retired Research Professor of National Security and Military Strategy, with the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). He served as an economics instructor with the Department of Social Sciences, at the United States Military Academy from 1982 to 1985, and prior to assuming his current position he was Professor of National Security Affairs with the Center for Strategic Leadership as a member of the Strategic Decision-making Exercise team. Prior to that, he served as the Director of National Security Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy, USAWC. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Baltic Defense College. In addition to his research activities with SSI, for the past 14 years he has taught an elective course on the economics of national security and has widely lectured on related topics. Colonel (U.S. Army Ret.) Troxell earned a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy in 1974 and a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University in 1982. He is also a 1997 graduate of the USAWC.

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SSI books and monographs by Professor John F. Troxell

  • Avoiding the Trap: U.S. Strategy and Policy for Competing in the Asia-Pacific Beyond the Rebalance

    February 06, 2018

    Edited by Dr. David Lai, Professor John F. Troxell, Mr. Frederick J. Gellert.
    View the Executive Summary

    The Trump administration has recently called for a free and open Indo-Pacific, essentially replacing the Obama-era “Rebalance.” This U.S. Army War College report provides prescient analysis and policy recommendations on how to proceed down the path while simultaneously managing the rise of China.

  • Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone, A Report Sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch

    June 07, 2016

    Authored by Mr. Nathan P. Freier, Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett, Colonel William J. Cain, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel Christopher D. Compton, Lieutenant Colonel Sean M. Hankard, Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume, Lieutenant Colonel Gary R. Kramlich, II, Colonel J. Matthew Lissner, Lieutenant Colonel Tobin A. Magsig, Colonel Daniel E. Mouton, Mr. Michael S. Muztafago, Colonel James M. Schultze, Professor John F. Troxell, Lieutenant Colonel Dennis G. Wille.
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    This report concludes gray zone competition and conflict will persist as Department of Defense (DoD) pacers for the foreseeable future. It describes trends contributing to the emergence of gray zone challenges, major gray zone archetypes, and their defense implications and finally, specific recommendations for more activist and adaptive DoD responses to persistent gray zone provocation.

  • Force Planning in an Era of Uncertainty: Two MRCs as a Force Sizing Framework

    September 01, 1997

    Authored by Professor John F. Troxell.
    The two MRC framework constitutes a logical scheme for organizing U.S. defense planning efforts. New approaches to planning scenarios and the operational concept for employing forces offer the potential for such adjustments concerning the "ways" of the strategic paradigm, while force thinning and modernization are two important categories for adjusting the affordability of the strategic "means."