Renewed: NOV 2011
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS AND CAPABILITIES
Extensive experience as analyst in doctrine, concepts, strategy, and history (primarily but not exclusively military). Highly experienced/published writer and editor. [See list of publications.] Experienced graduate educator. Excellent IT skills (primarily web-oriented—webmaster since 1995). An energetic and entrepreneurial personality able to cross-communicate with military, business, academic, political, and IT personnel. Fast learner interested in exploring new roles. Interested in understanding complex organizational problems and applying sophisticated, interdisciplinary strategic concepts to real-world strategic problems in multiple fields. Also interested in making IT systems work to support the organization. Looking for new challenges along those lines. Will tell you what I really think—without mistaking it for the truth.
• Ph.D., Modern European and Military History, Purdue University, 1991
• M.A., American Diplomatic History, Ohio University, 1981
• B.A., History, College of William and Mary, 1978 (w/Academic Honors)
EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Professor of International Security Studies, College of International Security Affairs (CISA), Washington, DC/Fort Bragg, NC, Aug 2012-present
CISA's Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies (MASSS) Program is an innovative effort to provide an alternative to traditional Professional Military Education (PME)—something much closer to the genuine graduate school experience. Students in this program (taught at Fort Bragg's Special Warfare Center) are highly experienced Special Operations personnel. Initially an Army/SOCOM program, it is becoming increasingly Joint, including a substantial USAF contingent this year. Responsible for teaching courses on political philosophy and strategic theory to 40 master's-level students/year.
Professor of Strategy, National War College, Washington, DC, Aug 1999-Aug 2012
The mission of the National War College is to educate future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities by conducting a senior-level course of study in national security strategy. Typical student is a U.S. or Allied military Colonel or the civilian equivalent (GS-15). Initially contracted for 50% of effort to duties as Director of Educational Technology, 50% to traditional scholarly duties (teaching/writing/lecturing in political and military history; strategic theory). Actual duties varied depending on leadership's interest in technology. Seven years as NWC webmaster; built/managed NWC intranet/internet (6500 files), integrating all on-line systems into single dashboard; NWC rep to University IT Steering Committee. Also taught full teaching load—over 600 seminar students in 12 years. Demonstrated flexibility by teaching seminars in six of NWC's seven core course subject areas. Served on 5-member academic board and several hiring committees. Led six NWC delegations overseas (Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, Ukraine, Poland).
Owner/Webmaster, WWW.CLAUSEWITZ.COM, Nov 1995-present
Clausewitz.com is a hosted webserver used to support courses; independent contract work; and The Clausewitz Homepage, a large (4000 text and image files) educational website promoting the strategic concepts of German political/military philosopher Carl von Clausewitz. On-line since 1995; consistently #1 Google search result for "Clausewitz." Provide all graphic, editorial, and technical services at Clausewitz.com, primarily using Adobe DreamWeaver CS6 and PhotoShop CS6; BootStrap mobile code.
Publisher, lead editor, and translator (with Dr. Daniel Moran and Dr./COL Gregory Pedlow), of book On Waterloo: Clausewitz, Wellington, and the Campaign of 1815 (Clausewitz.com, 2010). This book was conceived as an academic project in operational-level military analysis, but also as an exploration of cutting-edge print-on-demand publishing technology. Mastered Amazon.com's print-on-demand publication system; Adobe InDesign type-setting skills; Kindle-conversion.
Independent SME/Writer/Editor supporting Boston Consulting Group, June 1999-April 2001
Supported BCG Strategy Institute. Consulted on general strategic concepts; SME/writer/editor for BCG's business-oriented book Clausewitz on Strategy: Inspiration and Insight from a Master Strategist, eds. Tiha von Ghyczy, Christopher Bassford, and Bolko von Oettinger (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001). Published in English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish.
Senior Analyst (USMC/J-7 contract), UNITECH, Dumfries, VA, Jan-Aug 1999
Initial analyst and writer for Joint Publication 3-06, Joint Urban Operations (Proponent: USMC).
On-Call Consultant, Anteon International Corporation, Crystal City, VA, Jan-Aug 1999
Supported Anteon doctrine contracts with U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.
Consultant (pro bono), National War College, Washington, DC, Dec 1998-Aug 1999
Consulted on educational IT systems for National War College. Work on this project led to full-time employment at NWC.
Analyst/Writer, USMC Concepts and Doctrine, Marine Corps Combat Developments Command (MCCDC) via Computing Technologies, Inc. (COTs), Dumfries, VA, July 1996-Nov 1998
Author, MCDP 1-1, Strategy, 1997; MCDP 1-2, Campaigning, 1997; MCWP 5-1, Marine Corps Planning (Coordinating Draft, 1997); MCWP 2-15.3, Ground Reconnaissance Operations (Draft, 1998); MCWP 3-2, Aviation Operations (Coordinating Draft, 1998). Contributor, MCDP 1, Warfighting, 1997. Also edited/QA'd 5 other pubs and concepts (e.g., USMC Concept for Non-Lethal Weapons). See COTS Employee of the Year Citation, 1997: http://www.clausewitz.com/Bassford/VITA/COTS.htm.
Independent Contractor, supporting Marine Corps Combat Developments Command (MCCDC) Quantico, VA, Jan-July 1996
Designed and wrote first draft of USMC top-level doctrinal pub MCDP 1-1, Strategy. This work later led to hiring by USMC to do follow-on work through COTs, Dumfries, VA.
Associate Professor of National Policy Issues, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, Aug 1994-July 1996
Instructor in all core courses and Course Designer/Director, Core Course "Theory and Nature of War." Lead staff officer for Department of Distance Education (c.2000 students) modernization project. Planned and organized transition from paper-based to web-based administrative and educational systems.
Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs, USMC Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, July 1992-July 1994
Faculty Seminar Leader in all 6 core courses; Course Designer/Director, Course 1: "Theory and Nature of War" (8 weeks, 200 students, 12 instructors). Published book Clausewitz in English: The Reception of Clausewitz in Britain and America, 1815-1945 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in Military History and National Security Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Aug 1991-June 1992
Designed and taught 2 undergraduate courses (approx. 60 students each) and 1 graduate course (8 students) in History Department. Also served as Fellow, Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
Instructor, Purdue University, Aug 1989-July 1991
Designed and taught 3 undergraduate history classes per year (up to 60 students per course) in American and European survey courses while completing Ph.D. Wrote and published book The Spit-Shine Syndrome: Organizational Irrationality in the American Field Army (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1988). Wrote/defended dissertation "The Reception of Clausewitzian Theory in Anglo-American Military Thought, 1815-1945" (517pp).
Graduate Assistant (Ph.D.), Purdue University, Aug 1986-Aug 1989
Teaching Assistant in 3 undergraduate history course per year (with up to 200 students per course) while completing Ph.D. coursework. Graded quizzes, exams, and term papers; ran multiple small discussion sections.
Officer, United States Army, Sep 1981-Feb 1986
Commissioned Ohio University ROTC, Field Artillery (tube). Highest rank held: Captain.
First tour: 2/17th FA BN (towed M-198 155mm howitzer battalion), Sonyu-Ri, Republic of Korea, Mar 1982-Mar 1983. Served as Fire Support Team (FIST) Chief; de facto Battalion S-4 (supply/logistics/POL/food service); ran two mess halls; Special Weapons Officer (Nuclear).
Second tour: 1/333rd FA BN (LANCE dual-capable nuclear/conventional missile battalion), Wiesbaden West Germany, Apr 1983-Feb 1986. Served as HQ Platoon Leader; Battery Executive Officer (XO); Battalion Motor Officer (BMO); Ass't S-3 (Operations/Training); Liaison to West German Army sister unit.
Graduate Assistant (MA), Ohio University and Army ROTC Cadet, 1979-81
Teaching Assistant in 3 undergraduate history courses per year (with up to 200 students per course) while completing MA degree. Graded quizzes, exams, and term papers; counseled individual students; ran multiple small discussion sections.
Miscellaneous Early Jobs, Education, and Experience
Student, History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Sep 1974-June 1978. Graduated with BA in History, w/Academic Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies for Honors thesis "Tactical Nuclear Weapons: An Introduction for the General Reader" (136pp).
Rock bass player, band Jenkins, Capitol Hill, Washington DC, June 1971-Aug 74; The Tommy Stocks Band, Williamsburg, VA, Sep 1974-Nov 1975.
Student in graphic design at Corcoran College of Art and Design, Sep 1973-Aug 1974.
Full-time Graphic Artist, Publications Management, Inc., Alexandria, VA, June 1972-Aug 1973.