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Paula D Broadwell

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Research Interests

  • Military Leadership
  • Organizational and Management Theories
  • U.S. Foreign, Defense, and Intelligence Policy


  • PhD Research Associate, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • U.S. National Security Education Program Boren Fellow (for Arabic Studies at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan)
  • Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • Master of Arts in International Security and Certificate in Conflict Resolution, University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies
  • Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering and Political Geography, United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Executive Board Member, Women in International Security; Carolinas Freedom Foundation
  • Governing Council Member, International Security anbd Arms Conrol Committe of the International Studies Association
  • U.S. Army reservist with 13 years of interagency and international counter-terrorism experience
  • Extensive work, research, and travel in nearly 70 countries
  • Published articles and participated in public speaking engagements with Fox News, CNBC, National Public Radio, Canadian Public Radio, British Broadcasting Company, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, the Stanley Foundation Report Series, Harvard Defense Leadership Project, and the Tufts University Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies

Current research

Paula is conducting a study in military innovation. Her work challenges existing theories which emphasize top-down transformations by examining the roles of bottom-up catalytsts and mid-level military mavericks in galvanizing institutional innovation, particularly in unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency operations. In addition to exploring the history of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine, her research examines the role of one individual who often receives credit for the U.S. defense innovation in the "new counterinsurgency era," General David Petraeus. By exploring Petraeus's "intellectual biography," her research illustrates the origins of his beliefs in population-centric counterinsurgency warfare and American grand strategy
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