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Dr. Don M. Snider

Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, West Point; Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
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Commissioned from West Point in 1962, Dr. Snider has served the Republic for over five decades as both Soldier and scholar. As a Soldier he served three combat tours as an infantry officer in Vietnam, decorated for both valor and wounds. After battalion command in the 7th Infantry Division, he specialized in strategy and defense policy as Chief of Plans for Theater Army, Europe; Joint Planner for the Army Chief of Staff; and, Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 1987 he joined the staff of the National Security Council in the White House as Director, Defense Policy, serving in both the Reagan and Bush Administrations. In his final active duty position he served in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, retiring in 1990 with award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal by General Colin Powell.

Since then as a scholar, he served for many years on the faculty at West Point. While teaching and mentoring future leaders for the Army, he led the Academy’s effort, and more recently that of our other services, to renew the study of military profession, their ethics, and their civil-military relations. Among his academic accomplishments, he developed privately-funded research projects with scholars from across America and abroad and then edited four important books and authored numerous articles in respected military and academic journals on the Army Profession and the moral development of its leaders. Dr Snider retired from the Academy in 2008 with the rank of Professor Emeritus.

He subsequently joined the faculty at the Army War College as Professor of the Army Profession, and joined the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) as a Senior Fellow. In these positions he has helped lead a two-year effort to produce the first-ever doctrine on the US Army as a military profession (ADRP-1, The Army Profession, 2013). Subsequently, he assisted another such effort in 2015 that redefined the Army’s Professional Ethic.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Snider received the Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award from the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. This was the eleventh such award in the fifty-five years of this prestigious international Seminar. It is awarded to a limited number of senior scholars whose careers most demonstrate excellence in the study of armed forces and their societies and important service to that discipline. The criteria for the award is “best described by the careers of the outstanding scholars chosen to receive it.”

Dr. Snider holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from the University of Maryland (1993) and Master's Degrees in Economics and in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin (1969). He and Caroline, his Army wife of over fifty years, reside in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two children and four grandchildren.

SSI books and monographs by Dr. Don M. Snider