AASE’s lead instructors are its co-founders, Dr. Jacqueline Deal (President & CEO, Long Term Strategy Group), Prof. Aaron Friedberg (Princeton University), and Prof. Stephen P. Rosen (Harvard University).

Jacqueline Deal has been running the Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG) since 2006. LTSG provides research and analysis on defense issues and future trends to government sponsors and other clients. Founded in Cambridge, Mass., the firm moved to Washington, DC, in 2012. Deal’s own research focuses on trends in Chinese military strategy, nationalism, and defense capabilities. She has also written on China’s capacity for generating technological innovations, Chinese Communist Party policies related to information management, and the party’s approach to securing China’s energy supplies. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the National Interest, the Weekly Standard, and a range of other popular outlets and academic journals. Deal received her A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University, and her M.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. Prior to starting LTSG, she was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Government Department at Harvard and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Deal is a member of the editorial board of Parameters and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Aaron Friedberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he is also co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for International Security Studies. From June 2003 to June 2005 he served as Deputy Assistant for National Security in the Office of the Vice President. Friedberg has written widely on issues of strategic planning, power transition, and the rise of China. His books include The Weary Titan: Britain and The Experience of Relative Decline, 1895–1905 (Princeton University Press, 1988), In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America’s Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy (Princeton University Press, 2000), A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011), and Beyond Air-Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia (Routledge, 2014). Friedberg received his A.B. and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial boards of Joint Forces Quarterly and The Journal of Strategic Studies and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Stephen P. Rosen is the Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University, where he has also been a Harvard College Professor, the Master of Winthrop House, and Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. He was the civilian assistant to the director, Net Assessment, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Director of Political-Military Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, and a professor in the Strategic Department at the Naval War College. He participated in the President’s Commission on Integrated Long Term Strategy, and in the Gulf War Air Power Survey sponsored by the Secretary of the Air Force, and he has published widely on nuclear proliferation, ballistic missile defense, limited war, and the American national character as it affects foreign policy. His first book, Winning the Next War: Innovation and the Modern Military (Cornell University Press, 1994), won the 1992 Furniss Prize. His subsequent books are Societies and Military Power: India and its Armies (Cornell University Press, 1996) and War and Human Nature (Princeton University Press, 2004). Rosen received his A.B. and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

AASE courses and dialogues also feature guest lectures by a range of national security professionals, including serving and recently retired U.S. Defense Department civilian officials and military officers. Recent speakers have included:

  • Amb. Eric Edelman (former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and U.S. Ambassador to Turkey)
  • Dr. Thomas Ehrhard (former Special Assistant, Deputy Secretary of Defense)
  • Dr. David Epstein (Deputy Director, Office of Net Assessment)
  • Andrew W. Marshall (former Director, Office of Net Assessment)
  • Dr. Andrew D. May (Associate Director, Office of Net Assessment)
  • Dr. Ashley Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
  • Dr. Michael G. Vickers (former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence)

In all of our activities, we endeavor to live up to the intellectual and moral standards of Andrew W. Marshall, the founder of the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States. Mr. Marshall has dedicated his life to serving his country by better understanding the nature of the world in which the United States lives, the characteristics of those who wish to do it harm, and its enduring strengths.  This could only be done by insisting on the highest standards of professionalism and objectivity in research and analysis, and on the bravery necessary to ask the right questions, while setting aside the pursuit of partisan political advantage and petty personal ambitions.  We are proud to have him on our Board of Advisors.