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Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Fellow

Dr. Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D. is a senior leader and advisor with unrivaled cultural and analytical skills, strategic focus, and commitment to excellence. He seeks to understand complex operations and related national security threats, opportunities and challenges and collaboratively tailors alternative strategies for different contexts.

Dr. Drohan is Director of International ISR Education and Training at JMark Services in Colorado Springs. 

Previously, he was the Assistant to the Commandant for Academic Affairs and Dean of the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates. Previous to this, Dr. Drohan served as Professor and Head of the Military and Strategic Studies Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, Curriculum Advisor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, Chief of Force Protection and Anti-Terrorism at U.S. Forces Korea, Chief of Air and Missile Defense at Combined Forces Command Korea, and Vice Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Dr. Drohan earned his bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy, his master's degrees from the University of Hawaii and Princeton University, and his doctorate from Princeton University. He is a retired United States Air Force brigadier general, tactical airlift pilot, and combat rescue pilot with command experience in airlift operations and military education. His operational experience includes deployments to the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, and Europe. His military education includes Strategy, Intelligence Analysis, Joint Doctrine, Special Operations, Anti-Terrorism, and Air and Space Operations.


Dr. Drohan’s academic interests include international relations, grand strategy, strategic culture, defense policy, civil-military relations, asymmetric warfare, joint operations design, and decision-making simulations. He has published a variety of chapters in defense-related books and articles in Joint Force Quarterly, Aerospace Power Journal, the Pacific Forum, and The Airman-Scholar Journal; he has presented papers and conducted seminars worldwide on security and strategy, irregular warfare, intelligence analysis, military education, and effects-based operations.


His published books are: American-Japanese Security Agreements: Past and Present (McFarland, 2007) and A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia (Cambria, 2016). He has been recognized as an East-West Center Scholar at the University of Hawaii, Pew Faculty Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University, and Council on Foreign Relations International Fellow in Japan.


Select publications:


- "Joint Combined Operations," Handbook of Defence Studies (Oxford: Routledge, 2018)

A New Strategy for Complex Warfare (New York: Cambria Press, 2016)

- "Cyber Orientation in Airpower," Airman Scholar Journal (US Air Force Academy, Fall 2015)

- "Combined Effects Power," with Ervin J. Rokke and Terry C. Pierce, Joint Force Quarterly, April 2014

- "The Case for an Independent and Interdependent Air Force," Airman Scholar Journal (US Air Force Academy, Spring 2014)

- "Core Relevance at the Air Force Academy," Airman Scholar Journal (US Air Force Academy, Fall 2012)

- "Bringing 'Nature of War' into Irregular Warfare Strategy," Defence Studies Journal, Fall 2014

- "Who Speaks for Our Profession?" with Steve Pomeroy, Airman Scholar Journal (US Air Force Academy, Spring 2011)

- "New Forms of Warfare: What's Changing, What's Not and How Can Military Education Adapt?" Airman Scholar Journal (US Air Force Academy, Fall 2010)

- "Clausewitz for Complex Warfare," The Wright Stuff, March 2009

American-Japanese Security Agreements, Past and Present (London: McFarland Publishers, 2007)

- "Effects, Targets and Tools for Antiterrorism," The Guardian - The Source for Antiterrorism Information (Washington DC: Joint Staff, Aug 2005)

- Effects, Targets and Tools, INSS Occasional Paper 50 (US Air Force Academy: Institute for National Security Studies, May 2003)

- "Perspectives on the Future - Northeast Asia," Airman Scholar Journal Vol VIII, No. 1 (United States Air Force Academy, Fall 2002)

- "Responding to the 'Developing Aerospace Leaders' Initiative," Aerospace Power Journal , Summer 2001

- The US-Japan Defense Guidelines, Institute for International Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan, November 1999

- "Characteristics and Motives of the East Asian Arms Race,” Journal of the Third World Spectrum, Fall 1995

- The Reagan-Suzuki Communiqué, Case #152, Pew Case Studies in International Affairs, Georgetown University, 1994

- "East Asia - The Security of a Region," The Defense Policies of Nations, 3d edition, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

- "Japan & the Koreas," The Defense Policies of Nations, 2d edition, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989 

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