Professor; Former Deputy National Security Advisor



  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Defense Policy
  • American Founding Principles
  • Moral Philosophy
  • European Security and Politics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Western Moral Tradition
  • Europe
  • Religious Freedom and Church-State Relations
  • National Security Strategy

Professional Experience

Dr. Wood is a retired Air Force colonel. 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. He served in the White House as special advisor (2001 – 2003) and deputy national security advisor (2005 – 2008) to the Vice President with responsibility for all policy involving Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and defense issues.

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.

Phone: 202-462-2101


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.


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