Colonel Michael D. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy: International Relations (2018)
  • M.A., Kansas State University: Security Studies (2008)
  • B.S., United States Military Academy: Psychology and Systems Engineering (1994)

Research Interests

  • Military and Strategic Studies
  • Security Force Assistance
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Defense Institution Building
  • Civil-Military Relations • Counterinsurgency
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Political Systems and Theory
  • Military Ethics

COLONEL MICHAEL D. SULLIVAN is an Assistant Professor, Department of War and Conflict Studies (WACS), College of International Security Affairs (CISA) of the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. and the JCS Chair. He was commissioned through the United States Army Military Academy at West Point in 1994 as an Infantry Officer. He served with the 82d Airborne Division then branch transferred to Armor branch. He served in Kosovo in 1999-2000, and Iraq (2004, 2007, 2009-10, 2011, 2017-2018) all in an advisory capacity working with Foreign Military Forces.

He won the Douglas A. MacArthur Leadership Award in 2002, was named a Master Strategist at Command and General Staff College in 2006, and won the Douglas A. MacArthur Writing Award in 2006. He is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies, holds master's degrees from American Military University, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Kansas State University.

He commanded the United States Army Garrison in Baumholder, Germany from 2012-2014 then attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations. At Tufts, he was inducted into the Tufts Honos Civicus Society for his charity work with wounded Veterans and the Boston lacrosse community through his Shootout for Soldiers event. He most recently served as the Director of the Chief's Initiatives Group for the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq in the United States Embassy Baghdad from June 2017-June 2018.

He is a self-declared expert in all things Star Wars and focuses his intergalactic study efforts on the renowned Clone Wars series in his free time.