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Colonel Tony Pfaff

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Colonel Tony Pfaff is a Foreign Area Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, currently serving as the Chief of International Military Affairs for Army Central Command. Colonel Pfaff began his military career as an Infantry officer and first served as platoon leader and company executive officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, with whom he deployed to Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. He then served as a company commander and battalion operations officer in the 1st Armored Division, with which he deployed to Operation ABLE SENTRY in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Colonel Pfaff has also served on the faculty at West Point and as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the Joint Staff’s Iraq Intelligence Working Group. He has served twice in Iraq, once as the Deputy J2 for a Joint Special Operations Task Force, and as the Senior Military Advisor for the Civilian Police Assistance Training Program. Most recently, he served as the Defense Attaché in Kuwait. He also served as a consultant for the Independent Panel to Review Department of Defense Detention Procedures headed by former Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger and contributed to the ethics section of the Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual. Colonel Pfaff has authored a number of articles in professional and scholarly publications including, “The Ethics of Complex Contingencies,” published in The Future of the Army Profession, 2nd Ed., Don Snider and Lloyd Matthews, eds.; “Bungee Jumping Off the Moral High-ground: The Ethics of Espionage in the Modern Age,” published in Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence Professional, Jan Goldman, ed.; “The Ethics of Espionage,” in the Journal of Military Ethics; “Toward an Ethics of Detention and Interrogation: Consent and Limits,” published in Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly; and “Chaos, Complexity, and the Modern Battlefield, published in Military Review. Colonel Pfaff has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from Washington and Lee University, a master’s degree in Philosophy from Stanford University, and a master’s in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel Tony Pfaff

  • Resolving Ethical Challenges in an Era of Persistent Conflict

    March 29, 2011

    Authored by Colonel Tony Pfaff.
    In this provocative monograph, COL Tony Pfaff argues that the challenges of combating irregular threats have fundamentally challenged the traditional “ethics of war,” and he offers a number of measures and policies that the Army must adopt if it is to not only successfully, but ethically, respond to these challenges.

  • Development and Reform of the Iraqi Police Forces

    January 25, 2008

    Authored by Colonel Tony Pfaff.
    The author seeks to show how social, political, cultural, and environmental factors have combined to impede Iraqi police development in ways that are predictable, understandable, and, with external help, resolvable.

  • Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition

    September 01, 2000

    Authored by Colonel Tony Pfaff.
    In the Just War Tradition, as well as the Law of War, there has always been a tension between winning and fighting well, and the peacekeeping environment does not change this. Commonly, the resolution of this tension is expressed in the maxim: always use the least amount of force necessary to achieve the military objective.

  • Army Professionalism, the Military Ethic, and Officership in the 21st Century

    December 01, 1999

    Authored by Major John A. Nagl, Colonel Tony Pfaff, Dr. Don M. Snider.
    The authors first describe the ethical, technical, and political components of military professionalism and then address the causes for the decline. They conclude by proposing a set of principles which, if adhered to, will reinvigorate the vision of the officer corps and motivate the corps to selfless service.