Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government



Mackubin T. Owens, Jr.


Mack Owens

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty

Dr. Owens is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal. He served as Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research at the War College from 1999-2010.

From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Owens was Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly defense journal Strategic Review and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Boston University.

His books and monographs include US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11:Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (Continuum, 2011) and Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime (FPRI, 2009) He is currently completing a book for the University Press of Kentucky tentatively titled “Sword of Republican Empire: A History of US Civil-Military Relations.” He is co-editor of the textbook, Strategy and Force Planning, for which he also wrote the chapters entitled “The Political Economy of National Security,” “Thinking About Strategy,” and “Strategy and the Logic of Force Planning.” Dr. Owens is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, writing primarily on security affairs.

Before joining the faculty of the War College, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan administration.  Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon commander from 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal.  He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel in 1994.

Dr. Owens earned his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master of Arts in Economics from Oklahoma University, and his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  He has taught at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Dallas, Catholic University, Ashland University of Ohio, and the Marine Corps’ School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW).  He was a visiting lecturer at Amherst College during the fall of 2011, was awarded the 2012 Andrew Goodpaster Prize for excellence in military scholarship for Civil-Military Relations After 9/11, and was the US Air Force Academy’s 2013 Ira Eaker Distinguished Lecturer on National Defense Policy. He has been a program officer for the Smith Richardson Foundation, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses and a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory; Plans Division, Headquarters Marine Corps; and J-5 Strategy, the Joint Staff.