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Dr John Wagner

  • Visiting

Visiting Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • History
  • Policy and society

Contact details


Current Projects

Dr. John Wagner is exploring his concept of “informational security,” which he views as an emerging security sector alongside more established sectors like military, economic, and political security. Dr. Wagner is currently authoring an article on informational security for future publication.

Research Interests

  • Strategic Studies
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Foreign Policy of the United States and the United Kingdom
  • The Changing Character of War 
  • English School of International Relations Theory
  • Political Thought and Intellectual History


Dr. Wagner works as a policy advisor in Washington, DC. He started his career as a United States Air Force officer, serving tours in the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Iraq, where he deployed with a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004-2005. After separating from the Air Force he joined Deloitte Consulting, advising senior leaders across the United States national security community on strategy, management, and operations. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project.

Dr. Wagner completed his doctorate at the Department of War Studies under the supervision of Professor David Betz and Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman. His dissertation assessed the evolution of United States national security policy in relation to the use of information and communication technology. While conducting research for his doctorate, he participated in Columbia University's Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy.

Prior to joining the Department of War Studies, Dr. Wagner earned a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he won the Philip Windsor Prize for best dissertation of the year. He received a Master of Letters in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews. While at St Andrews he served as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. He completed a Graduate Certificate in International Security Studies from Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Wagner earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, received an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).

Dr. Wagner lives with his wife Nina, son Alastair, and dog Aloysius in Washington, DC. He is available to counsel Department of War Studies graduates seeking employment in the area, and advise current students working on dissertations related to his research interests and professional expertise.