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Policy Agendas Project Speaker- Brandon Archuleta (United States Army)

Rediscovering Defense Policy: A Public Policy Call to Arms

Mon, February 17, 2020 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Policy Agendas Project Speaker- Brandon Archuleta (United States Army)

Abstract: Since 9/11, policy scholars have made significant inroads with tremendous insights into U.S. homeland security policy, especially in the areas of counterterrorism and disaster relief. But as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raged on, the public policy field largely ceded questions of traditional defense policy to international relations and security scholars. This was a mistake. The time has come for policy scholars to rediscover defense policy and rejoin America's national security conversation. With defense spending in decline, the All‐Volunteer Force in transition, and emerging threats on the rise, research on defense budgeting and management, military social policy, and cyber bureaucracy are all ripe for scholarly examination. This research note reviews the latest work in the field, reinvigorates national security research agendas for the twenty‐first century, and explores several ideas for the way ahead in defense policy scholarship.

Major Brandon J. Archuleta, Ph.D. is an active duty U.S. Army officer and Clements Center National Security Fellow. He is currently assigned to the Pentagon as a Strategic Planner in the Army War Plans Division. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

President of his West Point class, Brandon commissioned as a field artillery officer in 2006. He served as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Fire Direction Officer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008) and later as a Task Force Fire Support Officer and Company Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2009-2010).

His research interests include American grand strategy, national security, foreign affairs, and defense policy. Adapted from his doctoral dissertation, Brandon is currently preparing a manuscript titled, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform.

Brandon’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Iraq and Afghan Campaign Medals, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. He is a graduate of the Army’s Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff School, and Basic Strategic Art Program at the U.S. Army War College.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in American Politics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Public Affairs in International Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Advisor-at-Large to the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors. Brandon and his wife, Tiffany, live in Arlington, VA with their dog and twin sons.

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