Louis A. DiMarco

Louis A. DiMarco retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army in July 2005 after more than 24 years of active service. He was commissioned as an Armor officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. His military assignments include command and staff positions in armored cavalry squadrons and division, corps and joint forces headquarters. He was a doctrine writer both at the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master’s Degree in Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University, Rhode Island. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas State University and is writing a dissertation focused on U.S. Army occupation operations from 1865 to 1940.

Currently Mr. DiMarco is assigned to the faculty of the Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, where he teaches military history and elective courses on the history of modern urban warfare and modern warfare in the Middle East. He has authored several key Army doctrinal manuals including Field Manual (FM) 3-06, Urban Operations (2002). He also contributed to the Army’s recent manual FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency (2006). Other written projects include an award-winning monograph on reconnaissance doctrine in World War II, a contribution to the 2003 Combat Studies Institute publication Block by Block: The Challenges of Urban Operations, and the first work in the Combat Studies Institute’s Global War on Terror series entitled Traditions, Changes, and Challenges: Military Operations and the Middle Eastern City (2004). He has written and lectured on a variety of military affairs topics including urban warfare and counterinsurgency. His most recent work is an article entitled “Losing the Moral Compass: Torture and Guerre Revolutionaire in the Algerian War,” published in Parameters, Summer 2006