Joseph R. Wood

Professor and Chairman, Admissions Committee

Professional Experience

Mr. Wood 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.  From 2005 until 2008, he was Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues.

He is a retired Air Force colonel, and his career included operational and command fighter assignments in Korea 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; two years as Special Advisor for Europe in the Office of the Vice President; 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.  


Mr. Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and the French Joint Defense College in Paris, and he holds a Masters degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where his studies focused on U.S. foreign policy and European politics.   He has published extensively on foreign policy, international security, and cultural issues.



  American Founding Principles and Foreign Policy
  Western Moral Tradition and World Politics


  Greek to Me: Prof. Joseph Wood discusses the political philosophy of Plato and Aristotle
  Constitution Day Reflections by Prof. Joseph Wood
  Subsidiarity, Foreign and Domestic
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