DR. CHRISTOPHER BASSFORD
U.S. Army (Field Artillery)
Ph.D., Modern European and Military History, Purdue University,
Ph.D. Advisor: Gunther E. Rothenberg
Dissertation: "The Reception of Clausewitzian Theory in Anglo-American Military Thought, 1815-1945" (517pp). Published as Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
M.A., American Diplomatic History, Ohio University,
MA Advisor: John Lewis Gaddis
B.A., History, College of William and Mary,
Academic Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies for thesis: "Tactical Nuclear Weapons: An Introduction for the General Reader"
Professor of International Security Studies, College of International Security Affairs (CISA), Washington, DC/Fort Bragg, NC, 2012-present
• Professor of Strategy, National War College, Washington, DC, 1999-2012
• Senior Analyst (USMC/J-7 contract), UNITECH, Dumfries, VA, 1999
• Analyst/Writer, USMC Concepts and Doctrine, via Computing Technologies, Inc., 1996-1998
• Editor and webmaster, The Clausewitz Homepage [http://www.clausewitz.com], 1995-present
• Associate Professor of National Policy Issues, U.S. Army War College, 1994-96
• Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs, USMC Command and Staff College, 1992-94
• Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in Military History and National Security Studies, Ohio State University, 1991-92
• Instructor, Purdue University, 1989-91
• Graduate Assistant (Ph.D.), Purdue University, 1986-91
• Officer, United States Army, 1981-86 (Field Artillery)
• Graduate Assistant (MA), Ohio University and Army ROTC cadet, 1979-81
• The Spit-Shine Syndrome: Organizational Irrationality in the American Field Army (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1988).
• Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
• Editor, with Bolko von Oettinger and Tiha von Ghyczy, Clausewitz on Strategy: Inspiration and Insight from a Master Strategist (Boston Consulting Group, publisher John Wiley & Sons, 2001). Also published in German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish:
• Clausewitz: Strategie Denken (Münich: Hanser Verlag, 2001).
• La strategia di von Clausewitz. Riletta a uso dei manager (Etas, 2008).
• クラウゼヴィッツの戦略思考 ― 『戦争論』に学ぶリーダーシップと決断の質 (単行本) ティーハ・ フ ォン ギーツィー (著), クリストファー バ ス フォード (著), ボルコ・フォン アーティンガー 著, 原著, 原著, 原著, ボス ト ンコンサルティンググループ (翻訳), 翻
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• Clausewitz e a Estratégia (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Campus Ltda., 2002).
• Clausewitz o strategii (Warsaw: PWE, 2002).
• Стратегия управления по Клаузевицу, Предисловие института стратегии, 2002.
• Clausewitz ve Strateji, Yayinevi: Optimist Yayın Dağıtım Baskı Tarih: Şubat 2010.
• Lead Editor/Translator, with Daniel Moran and Gregory Pedlow, Carl von Clausewitz and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815 (Clausewitz.com, 2010).
• Editor and Webmaster, The Clausewitz Homepage
• Working paper, "Clausewitz's Categories of War and the Supersession of 'Absolute War.'"
• NDU elective 6948, “Strategy: Brand X” (contact for logon)
• NDU elective 6902, “Empires” (contact for logon)
• Contributor, MCDP 1, Warfighting, 1997.
• Author, MCDP 1-1, Strategy, 1997. See full original draft on-line as Policy, Politics, War, and Military Strategy (revised 2006 and periodically since).
• Author, MCDP 1-2, Campaigning, 1997. (This is a thorough rewrite of FMFM 1-1, Campaigning, 1990.)
• Author, MCWP 5-1, Marine Corps Planning (Coordinating Draft, 1997).
• Author, MCWP 2-15.3, Ground Reconnaissance Operations (Draft, 1998)
• Author, MCWP 3-2, Aviation Operations (Coordinating Draft, 1998)
• Biographical essay, "Carl von Clausewitz," in Frank N. Magill, ed., Great Lives from History: Renaissance to 1900 (Pasadena: Salem Press, 1989).
• "Cohesion, Personnel Stability, and the German Model," Military Review, October 1990.
• "Wellington on Clausewitz," in Gordon C. Bond and John Rooney, Jr., The Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850: Proceedings, 1992 (Tallahassee, FL: Florida StateUniversity, 1993).
• "John Keegan and the Grand Tradition of Trashing Clausewitz," War in History, November 1994.
• "Reclaiming the Clausewitzian Trinity," Parameters, Autumn 1995.
• Review essay, Carl von Clausewitz, On War, in Defense Analysis, June 1996.
• "Doctrinal Complexity: Nonlinearity in Marine Corps Doctrine," in Gary Horne and Frank Hoffman, eds., Maneuver Warfare Science, MCU Press, 1998.
• "Clausewitz, General Philipp Gottleib von," in William E. Simon, ed., Dictionary of Professional Military Education in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000).
• "Interpreting the Legacy of Clausewitz," Joint Forces Quarterly no.35 (Summer 2003), pp.18-19.
• “The Primacy of Policy and the ‘Trinity’ in Clausewitz's Mature Thought,” in Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe, eds., Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.74-90.
• "The Strange Persistence of Trinitarian Warfare," in Ralph Rotte and Christopher Schwarz, International Security and War: Policy and Grand Strategy in the 21st Century (New York: Nova Science, 2010), pp.45-54.
• "Introduction," to Carl von Clausewitz and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, et al., On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815 (Clausewitz.com, 2010), pp.1-13.
• "Clausewitz in America Today," Clausewitz Gesellschaft, Reiner Pommerin, ed., Clausewitz Goes Global: Carl von Clausewitz in the 21st Century [Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Clausewitz Society] (Berlin: Carola Hartmann Miles Verlag, 2011), pp.342-356.
• "Clausewitz's Categories of War," in Future Wars: Storia della distopia militare, ed. Virgilio Ilari [President, Società Italiana di Storia Militare] (Acies Edizioni Milano, 2016).
• Theodore Roosevelt, The Naval War of 1812 (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987 [originally published 1882]); James Pack, The Man Who Burned the White House (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987), in Indiana Journal of Military History, vol.13, no.3 (1988).
• John B. Hattendorf, England in the War of the Spanish Succession: A Study of the English View and Conduct of Grand Strategy, 1702-1712 (New York: Garland, 1987), in The International History Review, vol.X, no.4 (November 1988).
• Charles W. Ingrao, The Hessian Mercenary State: Ideas, Institutions, and Reform Under Frederick II, 1760-1785 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), in The International History Review, vol.XI, no.2 (May 1989).
• Charles C. Moskos and Frank R. Wood, eds., The Military: More Than Just a Job? (London: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1988), in the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, vol.17, no.1 (Spring-Summer 1989).
• Carl von Clausewitz, eds./trans. Peter Paret and Daniel Moran, Historical and Political Writings (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992), The International History Review, vol.XIV, no.4 (November 1992).
• Peter Paret, Understanding War: Essays on Clausewitz and the History of Military Power (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992), The International History Review, vol.XVI, no.3 (August 1994).
• Jan F. Triska, The Great War’s Forgotten Front: A Soldier’s Diary and a Son’s Reflections (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998), The Austrian History Yearbook, v.XXX (1999).
• Victor Davis Hanson, Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power (New York: Doubleday, 2001), Clausewitz.com, 15 January 2003.
• "Reviewing a Reviewer: Puzzling over Gregg Easterbrook's review of Jared Diamond."Clausewitz.com, 2005.
Newspaper Articles (Author not responsible for headlines)
• "Our Military Defeats Itself," Newsday, 11 September 1988.
• "How the Military Boosts the Nation's Social Goals," Newsday, 6 October 1989.
• "What Do We Have to Do? Topple Hussein," Newsday, 5 August 1990.
• "And Keep the Political Ends in Mind," Los Angeles Times, 5 September 1990.
• "A Job for the American Military," Chicago Tribune, 10 October 1990.
• "Protesters Trying to Stop the Last War," Newsday, 16 November 1990.
• "What Wars Can We Find for the Military Now?" Newsday, 17 September 1991.
• "Somalia Puzzle: Can We Get Out?" Newsday, 8 December 1992.
• "Victories Now Are as Heroic as Those Past," Newsday, 3 May 1994.
• "Unity Over Using Troops is Rare," Newsday, 7 December 1995.
• "Europe, Not `Indian Country,' Shapes the Army," Newsday, 26 September, 1996.
• "Dole's Loss Was World War II's Final Bow," Newsday, 11 November, 1996.
• "Use Brains, Not Fears, to Set Bosnia Policy," Newsday, 25 September, 1997.
• "Ryan Shows the Ugly Truth About War's Violence," Newsday, 3 September, 1998.
• "Reviving Draft Would Wound the Nation," Newsday, 2 December 1998.
• "We Have To Go All Out In Kosovo," Newsday, 13 April 1999.
• "Kerry Case Should Be Case Study," Newsday, 29 May 2001.
• “U.S. Must Conquer Delusions on Fighting Terrorism,” Newsday, 19 September 2001
• “War View: We can’t predict the outcome but action is vital,” BBC News, 26 October 2001.
• "We're At War and It's World War IV," Newsday, 14 January 2003.
• "Bushies Vex U.S. Military—but It Isn't War," Newsday, 3 February 2004.
• "Bringing Real Life to American Strategy in Afghanistan," Small Wars Journal, 3 March 2012.