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Dr. Frank Marlo joins IWP as Academic Dean

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IWP is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Marlo, former Professor of Strategic Studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA, will join IWP as Dean of Academic Affairs on August 1.

“Frank is one of the best of the next generation of national security specialists in the American academic world,” said IWP President, John Lenczowski. “He has the perfect background as a scholar-practitioner to lead IWP’s academic program, and he has a passionate commitment to the mission of the Institute.”

He will replace Dr. Mackubin Owens, who served as Dean from 2015 to 2018.   

Dr. Marlo joined IWP as an adjunct professor in January, and he co-taught Section I of International Relations, Statecraft and Integrated Strategy (IWP 627) with Dr. John Lenczowski and Dr. Roger Fontaine in the spring. He is teaching his own section of this course this summer.  After he begins as Dean, Dr. Marlo will also lead tutorials for the Doctor of Statecraft and National Security program.

At the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Dr. Marlo served in a leadership position as a department head, winning praise for his leadership from two of the College’s deans. Prior to his work with the Marine Corps University, Dr. Marlo taught for the International Counterterrorism Fellows Program at the School of National Security Affairs, National Defense University. From 2002 until 2005, he served as assistant for counter-proliferation policy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

Dr. Marlo is the author of Planning Reagan’s War: Conservative Strategists and America’s Cold War Victory (Potomac Books, 2012). He is also the co-editor (with IWP Professors Douglas Streusand and Norman Bailey) of The Grand Strategy that Won the Cold War: Architecture of Triumph, (Lexington Books, 2016), a book written by various policy makers who contributed to the Reagan strategy.

“The mission of IWP is like no other program in the country,” said Dr. Marlo. “As Dean of Academics, I will seek to help us achieve this vision by ensuring that we have a world-class faculty and a challenging and relevant curriculum. Our students deserve no less.”