Dr. Brian Collins

Chair, National Security and Economics Policy

Eisenhower School


Dr. Brian Collins joined the Eisenhower School faculty in 2009. He was previously the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at the National War College. A former Air Force officer, he served staff tours on the Joint Staff, where he worked NATO issues in J‐5, and at SHAPE, in Mons, Belgium. His operational assignments included flying tours in various Air Battle Manager positions in both USAF and NATO AWACS units, where he participated in operations and exercises over the US, other NATO countries, the Persian Gulf and Middle East region, and the Balkans. While with the NATO AWACS Component, he was the Component Test Director, responsible for all flight testing. He led the combined program acceptance and Initial Operational Test and Evaluation of the NATO‐US AWACS Radar System Improvement Program. He also led the NATO operations, logistics, and software team participating in the Integrated Product Team development of the NATO AWACS Mid‐Term Modification Program. He was an Olmsted Scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin and is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, Harvard University's Kennedy School, and Georgetown University (PhD international relations). He is also a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School and the German Armed Forces Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr). He has published numerous articles and two books: Behind the Cyberspace Veil: The Hidden Evolution of the Air Force Officer Corps and NATO: A Guide to the Issues.