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Who is the real enemy: Republicans, Democrats, or Russians?
Given the hack of the DNC, who is the real enemy? No matter how much we criticize our political process and the candidates we have nominated we should remember that it is our political process and they are our candidates and we should allow no one from the ...
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Video: Korea Conference 2016: Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsula
At the link below are the videos from the four panels from our recent Korea security conference.  Also below is the complete speaker's list for each panel. Korea Conference 2016: Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsula Georgetown University Center for S...
At the link below are the videos from the four panels from our recent Korea security conference. Also below is the complete speaker's list for each panel. Korea Conference 2016: Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsul...
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Remarks for Irregular Warfare Scholars and Special Operations Campaign Artistry Program
Remarks for Irregular Warfare
Scholars and Special Operations Campaign Artistry Program June 17, 2016 David S. Maxwell Good morning.   Congratulations on your graduation from what I think is one of the most
important programs in today’s military.   I wish t...
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Why the United States Needs a National Political Warfare Center and Regional Embassies
I would like to call attention to Kyle Johnston's excellent article in our Georgetown Security Studies Review at this link on page 84:   http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/GSSR-Vol.-4-Iss.-2.pdf Why the United States Needs...
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Collapse of the North Korean regime appears inevitable, and the world needs to prepare for it (From Chinese Scholars)
In the South China Morning Post from two Chinese scholars.  I am somewhat optimistic that we are finally seeing so many people acknowledging the need to  PREPARE  for north Korean regime collapse.   Pretty strong words from China.   Excerpts:   Thus, while ...
In the South China Morning Post from two Chinese scholars. I am somewhat optimistic that we are finally seeing so many people acknowledging the need to PREPARE for north Korean regime collapse. Pretty strong words from C...
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South Korea TV show going viral in North Korea
This is very important.  This is why the ROK government should provide support to the Korean entertainment industry to develop dramas that will help educate the Korean people living in the north about unification, as I have argued here:    http://www. washi...
This is very important. This is why the ROK government should provide support to the Korean entertainment industry to develop dramas that will help educate the Korean people living in the north about unification, as I have a...
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Call for Papers 2016 Annual Special Operations Reserach Association Symposium
I hope people will contribute and participate in this especially those in the National Capital Region. Call for Papers 2016 Annual SORA Symposium http://www.specopsjournal.org/ symposium.html The Special Operations Research Association is pleased to announc...
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Ban Animal Use in Military Medical Training (says PETA and the NY Times)
The dateline for this editorial is June 25 which as we all know is the anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  How fitting that the NY Times would publish this to recommend banning live tissue training which is arguably training that has saved more Ame...
The dateline for this editorial is June 25 which as we all know is the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. How fitting that the NY Times would publish this to recommend banning live tissue training which is arguably ...
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Lone Wolf Terrorism: Shooting at Gay Nightclub Kills 50, Wounds 53 in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History
Nearly a year ago our students' National Security Critical Issues Task Force published this report on Lone Wolf Terrorism.  We really have to work harder on this problem .   http:// georgetownsecuritystudiesrevie w.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/ 08/NCITF-Fina...
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Make North Korea ‘stare into the abyss’
I received the following comment from a friend and below is my response that I thought I would share. I wonder if this "putting at risk" might be a problem, wherein what looks like deterrence ends up just being an aggressive move toward regime collapse, and...
I received the following comment from a friend and below is my response that I thought I would share. I wonder if this "putting at risk" might be a problem, wherein what looks like deterrence ends up just being an aggress...
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Video of The Future Of Terrorism: Georgetown & St. Andrews University Conference
I strongly recommend viewing these videos in particular the remarks and discussions in Panel by Sir David Vennes about the future of terrorist threats, Christine Fair about terrorism and Pakistan, and Bruce Hoffman on the future strategies of AQ and ISIS.  ...
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After 13 years, CIA honors Green Beret killed on secret Afghanistan mission
I just want make sure everyone saw this story honoring Nate Chapman.  TM Gibbons-Neff, a journalist and former Marine infantryman, wrote this outstanding article that was published on the front page above the fold in the Washington Post.  Thank you TM for h...
I just want make sure everyone saw this story honoring Nate Chapman. TM Gibbons-Neff, a journalist and former Marine infantryman, wrote this outstanding article that was published on the front page above the fold in the Wash...
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Associate Director, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Introduction

David S. Maxwell is the Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a 30-year veteran of the US Army retiring as a Special Forces Colonel with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security at the National War College. He spent the majority of his military service overseas with over twenty years in Asia, primarily in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines leading organizations from the A-Team to the Joint Special Operations Task Force level.

He hails from Madison, Connecticut and is a 1980 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BA in Political Science and has Masters Degrees in Military Arts and Science and National Security Studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College of the National Defense University. He received his commission from the Officer Candidate School in 1981. 

In addition, he is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies (ICAS) and on the Board of Directors for the Small Wars Journal, The International Council of Korean Studies (ICKS) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is a Life Member of the Special Forces Association and the National War College Alumni Association. 

He is currently studying in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies program at Georgetown University and teaches SEST 604: Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists.

Education
  • Miami University
    Political Science, 1977 - 1980
  • Command and General Staff College
    Operations Plans and Training, 1994 - 1995
  • School of Advanced Military Studies
    Theater Operations, 1995 - 1996
  • National War College
    National Security Stategy, 2003 - 2004
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  • Georgetown University
    Associate Director, 2011 - present
  • National War College
    Military Faculty, 2010 - 2011
  • US Army Special Operations Command
    Chief Strategic Initiatives group, 2009 - 2010
  • US Army Special Operations Command
    Deputy Chief of Operations, G3, 2007 - 2009
  • Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines
    Commander, 2006 - 2007
  • Special Operations Command Korea
    Chief of Staff, 2004 - 2006
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