Brigadier General (Retired) Kim Field

Brigadier General (Retired) Kim Field

Kim Field

Kimberly Cochrane Field retired from the United States Army in 2015  as a Brigadier General.  

Ms. Field is currently a member of the Senior Executive Service and is the Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy at United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In this position, Ms. Field is responsible for developing special operations strategy and leading the development and implementation of policy directly supporting global operations to achieve national defense objectives.  

Prior to her current position, and post military retirement, Ms. Field was Executive Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy and Professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University in College Station Texas; strategic advisor to the commander of forces in Afghanistan; the Countering Violent Extremism Director at Creative Associates, a USAID implementing partner; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. 

Her military assignments include:  Deputy Strategist, Army Staff; Director Middle East Policy, the Joint Staff; Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point; Chief of Plans and Analysis at the George C. Marshall Center; Legislative Strategist for the Army; and Executive Officer to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan. Ms. Field also served two other tours with the Department of State, first as a Council of Foreign Relations Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and then as the senior military advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS). She has served tours of duty in Iraq, Somalia, and three in Afghanistan.  


  • 1987 Bachelor’s in Russian Studies, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY  

  • 1995 Graduate Defense Language Institute, Russian, Monterey, CA 

  • 1997 Masters of International Security, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA 

  • 2008 Masters of Advanced Strategic Arts, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA 


  • 10+ published works on stabilization, civ-mil relations, and organizational culture 

  • Editor, Understanding International Relations, McGraw Hill 

  • Member, Army Science Board - Current 

  • Senior Leadership Fellow, Association of the U.S. Army - Current 

  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations - Current 

  • Member, Women in International Security (WIIS) - Current 

  • Member, Political Science Association - 2020-2022 

  • Board Member, Global Center for Refugee Education and Science - 2017-2019 

  • Senior Advisory Council Member, The Public International Law & Policy Group -  2017 

  • Adjunct Faculty (Stabilization), U.S. Army War College  - 2015-2017 

  • Adjunct Faculty (Strategy), Georgetown University - 2016