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Kent W. Park

Major Kent W. Park is an instructor of American Politics, Policy and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. Most recently, he served as the commander of a Stryker-equipped Infantry company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska. During his command, the company conducted full-spectrum operations in Mosul and Baghdad, Iraq from June 2005 to December 2006.

Major Park was commissioned as an Infantry officer from West Point in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. His research interests are Army officer development, talent management and national security reform. In 2012 he will be returning to the operational force to serve as an Infantry battalion operations officer and executive officer.

Previous publications and panel participations include: “Educating the Military,” Boston Globe, Opinions and Editorial Section, 12 May 2009; “A Former Cold Warrior on the Hot Seat: An Interview with Brent Scowcroft,” Kennedy School Review, Spring 2009; “Transforming the National Security Culture: A Report of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Defense Leadership Project,” Center for Public Leadership, Spring 2009; and “The New Purple: Forging the Multi-Tool of National Security,” Presentation at the Center for New American Security working group discussion on: Remaking America’s Military Officer Corps, 9 April 2009, Washington, D.C.