Jeffrey A. Larsen is Director of the Research Division at the NATO Defense College. In this position he leads an international research team that provides NATO's senior leaders with timely analyses and recommendations on current issues of concern for the Alliance. The activities of the division support all three mission elements of the NDC—research, outreach, and education. Their products convey NATO's positions to the wider audience of the international strategic community.
Prior to his NATO posting in 2013 Dr. Larsen served as a Senior Scientist and Program Manager with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and President of Larsen Consulting Group LLC in Colorado Springs. A retired US Air Force Lt Colonel, he served 21 years as a command pilot in Strategic Air Command, Associate Professor of Political Science and instructor pilot at the Air Force Academy, and first Director of the Air Force Institute for National Security Studies. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Denver, Northwestern, and Texas A&M Universities. He served as chair and treasurer of the International Security and Arms Control section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Larsen has held a Fulbright NATO Research Fellowship, was NATO’s 2005 Manfred Wörner Fellow, and twice won SAIC’s annual publication prize. He has served as a consultant to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Strategic Command, US Northern Command, and Headquarters US Air Force.
Dr. Larsen is the author or editor of more than 150 books, journal articles, chapters, and monographs on issues in national security, nuclear weapons and strategy, WMD proliferation, arms control, aerospace power, NATO, European politics, and strategic culture. Recent books include NATO’s Responses to Hybrid Threats, with Guillaume Lasconjarias (NDC, 2015), On Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century, with Kerry Kartchner (Stanford, 2014), Responding to Catastrophic Events: Consequence Management and Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Arms Control and Cooperative Security, with James Wirtz (Lynne Rienner, 2009). On Limited Nuclear War won the Air Force’s 2014 Maj Gen Robert E. Linhard Award for Outstanding National Security Research, an award he also won in 2011 as director of a team project that studied the qualitative characteristics of nuclear weapons.