Charles B. Cushman, Ph.D.

Acting Chancellor


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Dr. Chuck Cushman is Acting Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University; he served as Dean of Academics in the College 2014-17. He came to NDU from Georgetown, where he was a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute. Previously, he spent a decade at the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, where he taught courses on political history, politics and public policy, national security policymaking, and Congress's roles in defense policy. He was Acting Director of the School 2010-11. Dr. Cushman is the author of An Introduction to the US Congress (2005) and a forthcoming book on Congress and national security policymaking.

He did his graduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a Ph.D. in American Politics (1996). His research focuses on the role of Congress in setting US national security policy.

He is a 1986 graduate of West Point and served nine years in the US Army as an Armor officer. He was a platoon leader, S-3 Air Operations officer, and tank company executive officer in 2-66 Armor, 2nd Armored Division (Forward) in Germany (1987-89). At the Armor Center and School, Fort Knox, KY, he was Chief, Administrative Branch, Maintenance Department, and Commanding Officer, Troop E, 6-12 Cavalry (1990-92). He completed his service as an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point (1994-95).

Dr. Cushman was a defense consultant working on force structure and strategy for the Aerospace Integration Task Force, Headquarters, US Air Force; the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and the Space Commission. He was director of legislative relations for an advocacy group working to advance peace in the Middle East, and was defense and foreign affairs Legislative Assistant to Rep. David Price (D-NC) in the 105th Congress.