Dr. James Keagle (USAF, Ret.)


Dr. Keagle graduated 2nd in his class from the USAF Academy in 1974. He also earned an MA from Pittsburgh in 1975 and an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1981 and 1982 respectively. During his 26 year Air Force career Colonel Keagle had a series of teaching and political military assignments including 6 years at the Political Science Department at the USAF Academy and 3 years at the National War College. Dr Keagle served as a senior strategist for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. Combat wounded while serving as General Thurman's senior strategist in Panama in 1989 Keagle subsequently served as the OSD Bosnia Task Force Acting Director and as a member of AMB Holbrooke's diplomatic team leading to the Dayton Peace Accord. Keagle returned to NDU in 1997 and served as its first Provost and VP for Academics for 9 years.  He also served from January-May 2013 as the first Dean of the national Defense College, UAE.  Following 8 years as a research professor, Keagle joined the Eisenhower School as a University Professor in 2015. His disciplines of emphasis include political science, national security strategy and policy, international relations, ISIS, Russia and the Greater Black Sea, and robotics, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence.

Awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart Republic of Armenia’s Medal for Military Cooperation, Republic of Armenia’s Medal of Gratitude, an honorary doctorate from Romania’s Military Technical Academy, and honorary professorships with Transilvania University and the Mongolian Defense University.

Dr. Keagle is the co-author and co-editor of two books and numerous published articles, the most recent on professional military education, social media, and drones.

He and his wife of 42 years are the proud parents of three adult children and have one granddaughter.