Mackubin T. Owens

Mackubin T. Owens

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Building: 
Ashbrook Center
Office Number: 
801
Phone: 
202.462.2101

Bio

Professor Mackubin T. Owens is dean of academics and professor of military strategy at the Institute of World Politics. Previously, he held a professorship in National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College, where he was also Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, and editor of Orbis, FPRI’s quarterly journal. He specializes in the planning of US strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; energy security; and American civil-military relations. He has taught electives on The American Founding, Strategy and Policy of the American Civil War, The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, Sea Power and Maritime Strategy, Strategy and Geography, and US Civil-Military Relations.

Dr. Owens is the author of the FPRI monograph Abraham Lincoln: Leadership and Democratic Statesmanship in Wartime (2009) and US Civil-Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain (January 2011) and coauthor of US Foreign and Defense Policy: The Rise of an Incidental Superpower (2015). He is also completing another book for the University Press of Kentucky tentatively titled Sword of Republican Empire: A History of US Civil-Military Relations. He is co-editor of the textbook, Strategy and Force Planning, now in its fourth edition, for which he also wrote several chapters.

Before joining the faculty of the IWP, Dr. Owens served as National Security Adviser to Senator Bob Kasten, Republican of Wisconsin, and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Nuclear Weapons Programs of the Department of Energy during the Reagan administration. Dr. Owens is also a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, where as an infantry platoon commander in 1968-1969, he was wounded twice and awarded the Silver Star medal. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel in 1994.

Research Areas

US Military and Naval Strategy
National Security
Civil-Military Relations

Education

PhD, University of Dallas
MA, University of Oklahoma
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 504 - Civil War and Reconstruction
AHG 510 - William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor
AHG 611 - The American Way of War

Business Experience

United States Marine Corps, 1968 to 1994

Events

Jul
3

"On the Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions" by David Tucker, Senior Fellow, Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

Jul
10

"Progressivism and the Lincoln Legacy" by Jason Jividen, Associate Professor of Politics, Saint Vincent College.

Jul
17

"The Family in the Liberal Order" by Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science, Boise State University.