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About Jason Dempsey

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.


Present Member, Council on Foreign Relations


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