Joseph R. Wood

Professor and Chairman, Admissions Committee

Professional Experience

Mr. Wood is a retired Air Force colonel.  He served in the White House as a senior appointee from 2005 until 2008 as Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues.  His military career included operational and command fighter assignments (A-10 and F-15E) in Asia and Europe; faculty duty in the Department of Political Science at the Air Force Academy where he taught U.S. foreign and defense policy; service at the Pentagon as speech writer for the Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force; and temporary assignments in the Joint Staff, the U.S. Mission to the Conventional Forces in Europe Talks in Vienna, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. 

After retiring from the Air Force, he was appointed a member of the career Senior Executive Service at NASA Headquarters. He later worked in the RAND Corporation's Washington office.  He was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. from 2008 until 2012 and worked at BAE Systems, Inc. from 2011 until 2012.  He has taught in a variety of graduate seminars in Europe.


B.S., U.S. Air Force Academy; M.A., School of Philosophy, Catholic University of America; M.P.A. (Two-Year), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Graduate, French Joint Defense College, Paris.

Phone: 202-462-2101 


  Political and Moral Philosophy
  Themes in American Politics: Founding Principles and Republican Government
  Western Moral Tradition and World Politics
  Western Political Thought


  A Review of Geoculture: Plaidoyer pour une civilization durable
  Greek to Me: Prof. Joseph Wood discusses the political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle
  Constitution Day Reflections by Prof. Joseph Wood
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