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INSCT welcomes inaugural U.S Army War College Fellow
The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), a joint academic research center at the Syracuse University College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, welcomes its first U.S. Army War College Fellow, Col. Geoffrey D. Stevens. An experienced practitioner of national security, Stevens has served as an officer in the U.S. Army for 22 years, specializing in the fields of explosive ordnance disposal and counter-improvised explosive device operations, as well as joint and interagency operations.
During his fellowship, Stevens will focus on developing strategic leadership skills and study strategic-level national security policy, while contributing to research in the areas of national and homeland security.
“I’m very pleased to be part of such a distinguished team of professionals here at INSCT,” Stevens says. “I look forward to this new experience and am confident that this new fellowship will benefit both the Army and INSCT for years to come. It is a great opportunity for me to step back from the fast pace of Army operations to be able to adjust my focus from the tactical and operation level up to the strategic level.”
His experience includes command during combat at the battalion level; joint assignment on the U.S. Northern Command staff; multiple combat deployments, including operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm; numerous space shuttle launches; multiple responses to incidents of recovered explosive ordnance and improvised explosive devices across the western United States; and overseas operational assignments in Korea and Germany.
Stevens earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Norwich University and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
The fellowship is a highly competitive program, for the officers and for the host schools, with selected candidates being in the top 1-5 percent of their peer group. Roughly 90 officers receive fellowships at select civilian universities, think-tanks and government agencies in lieu of resident attendance at a senior service college, such as the Army War College or Naval War College.