Lieutenant Colonel Jason Dempsey is currently serving as Special Assistant to the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, having recently returned from Afghanistan where he
served with the 101st Airborne Division as an adviser to the Afghan Border Police. From
2010-2011 he was in the Office of the First Lady as a White House Fellow, where he worked
on the development and implementation of Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr.
Biden's initiative to support military families. From 2011-2012 he served as a
member of the White House Task Force on Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Military Families. 

Until 2010 he served as the operations officer for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the
10th Mountain Division. In January, 2009, Jason deployed as the operations officer for
Task Force Chosin, a 650-person task force responsible for interdicting insurgent
movement along 140km of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Kunar Province. Midway through
the deployment he was selected to serve as the brigade operations officer for Task Force
Spartan and was responsible for coordinating and planning the actions of a 3200-person
task force conducting counterinsurgency operations in Wardakand Logar, two previously
unoccupied provinces located immediately south of Kabul. 

In 2005 Jason volunteered for deployment to Iraq where he traveled between Baghdad and
Kirkuk working with State Department and military personnel to help draft and coordinate
policy towards Kirkuk and the reconciliation of conflict stemming from the displacement
of Kurdish and Shiite populations in northern Iraq. 

Jason is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a PhD in political
science from Columbia University. The focus of his research is the political and social
attitudes of members of the military. In addition to Our Army, LTC Dempsey has published
articles on presidential approval ratings during foreign policy crises, Army efforts
toward gender integration, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and the experiences of
Hispanics in the United States Army, the latter article co-authored with Robert Shapiro.
In 2005 he was awarded a Dwight Eisenhower / Clifford Roberts Fellowship for his work.
Because of his research he was also asked to serve as a working group member of the
Army’s Commission on Officer Diversity and Advancement from 2004-2006. 

Jason is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Amphibious Warfare
School of the United States Marine Corps. His other military assignments have included
tours with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 3rd Infantry
Division. He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was a 2004
delegate to the U.S.—Italy Young Leaders Conference. 

Books

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Our Army: Soldiers, Politics and American Civil-Military Relations (2010)

Conventional wisdom holds that the American military is overwhelmingly conservative and Republican, and extremely political....

 

Articles

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The real problem with America's generals, ForeignPolicy.com (2012)

Thoughts on Tom Ricks' new book and the Army's process for producing general officers.

 

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Just Where is the 'Veteran' Vote?, Huffington Post (2012)

Someone casually reading the news would have the right to be confused over seemingly contradictory...

 

Joining Forces: Bridging the Civil-Military Divide (with C. Bradford Cooper), The Forum (2011)

This paper focuses on the members of the military and their families who have served...

 

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The Missing Civilians: We soldiers can't win the fight in Afghanistan on our own, Foreign Policy (2010)

It is time for the U.S. military to develop an understanding of counterinsurgency that acknowledges...

 

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The Army's Hispanic Future (with Robert Shapiro), Armed Forces & Society (2009)

Using data from the Citizenship & Service: 2004 Survey of Army Personnel, a probability sample...