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Francis Park, PhD

EDUCATION

Dr. Park holds a B.A. in history from the Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in international relations from St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, an M.M.A.S. in theater operations from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas.  He holds additional skills as a red team member and as a field historian.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Park has 26 years of active duty experience in the United States Army having been commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1994. In 2004, he became a Military Strategist. His assignments include service as a plans officer for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Combined/Joint Task Forces 82 and 101 in Operation Enduring Freedom.  After instructor duty at the US Army Command and General Staff College, he served at the U.S. Army Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 as the strategy branch chief and principal author of the 2014 Army Strategic Planning Guidance.  His other combat service includes tours as deputy director of the International Security Assistance Force Commander’s Action Group and director, Commander’s Initiatives Group, Combined/Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.  He is one of the two authors of the 2018 National Military Strategy, as well as one of the authors of the U.S. Army’s history of Operation Enduring Freedom, to be published in 2018

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Military History, Strategic Planning, Institutional Strategy, Operational Art. 

PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author/Contributor, On Strategy: A Primer, Army University Press, 2020

Author, "A Rigorous Education for an Uncertain Future," May 2016, Military Review

Author, "A Time for Digital Trumpets: Emerging Changes in Military Historical Tradecraft," Mar 2016, Army History.

Author, "A Framework For Developing Military Strategists," Military Strategy, Sep 2015. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 Developing and Implementing Military Strategy, Military Education