Joseph R. Wood

Professor and Chairman, Admissions Committee

Professional Experience

Dr. Wood is a retired Air Force colonel. He served in the White House 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; and service at the Pentagon as speech writer for the Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, in the Joint Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

After retiring from the Air Force, he was appointed a member of the career Senior Executive Service at NASA Headquarters. He was a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. from 2008 until 2012. 

He has taught in a variety of graduate seminars in Europe on classical moral and political thought and the distinctions between ancient and modern thinking.


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

Phone: 202-462-2101 


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


  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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