Russell Glenn

Dr Russell Glenn


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Researcher's projects

Counterinsurgency study (book); Belligerant occupation (book)

Research interests

Counterinsurgency and irregular warfare, mlitary history, urban operations, political science


PhD, Amer Hist, U of Kansas; MMAS, Sch of Advanced Mil Studies; MS, Civil Engineering/MS, Operations Research, Stanford; MS, Systems Management, U of Southern California; BS, US Military Academy


Dr. Russell W. Glenn is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He was commissioned in the United States Army as a Corps of Engineers officer and initially served with the 1st Infantry Division.  Subsequent assignments included duties as operations officer for the 2nd Engineer Group in the Republic of Korea, assistant professor of mathematics at West Point, and a three-year tour with the 3rd Armored Division headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.  His time with the division included a combat tour in Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Then Major Glenn thereafter served as an exchange officer with the British Army’s Royal School of Military Engineering followed by a year as the senior army fellow at the RAND Corporation and three years with the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), concluding a 22-year military career as one of the initial four authors of the army’s primary war fighting doctrine.  Dr. Glenn was a senior defense analyst with RAND from 1997 to early 2009 at which time he joined A-T Solutions as a senior analyst.  He is currently on the faculty of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University.

Past research includes published studies on counterinsurgency, urban operations, military and police training, and intelligence operations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and four Masters degrees from the University of Southern California (MS, Systems Management), Stanford University (MS, Civil Engineering and MS, Operations Research), and the School of Advanced Military Studies (Master of Military Art and Science).  He earned his PhD in American history from the University of Kansas with secondary fields of military history and political science.  Military education includes airborne, Ranger, and pathfinder qualifications.  Dr. Glenn has appeared as a subject matter expert on CNN Reports, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and The History Channel in addition to being cited in The Economist, Jane’s Defence Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press syndicated articles.  He is the author of over fifty books or book length reports in addition to many articles.

Expertise Areas

  • North American History
  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified


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