Bauman, Kris A.

Senior Military Fellow, Center for Strategic Research

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Areas of Expertise: Middle East and North Africa; Military Strategy

Colonel Kris A. Bauman, USAF is an active duty Air Force officer serving as a Senior Military Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies and as an adjunct instructor at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, both at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

In 2013-2014, Colonel Bauman worked inside the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the Chief of Staff for the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, General John R. Allen, USMC, retired. Gen Allen’s team was responsible for the security portfolio of a proposed two-state agreement between Israelis and Palestinians during the negotiations led by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Prior to his arrival at NDU, Colonel Bauman was deployed to Iraq (2011-12) where he specialized in interagency cooperation and international partnership. The first half of his time was with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the second half was with the Office of Security Cooperation, Iraq (OSC-I). He helped UNAMI transition from dependence on US Forces, Iraq to independent operations. In OSC-I, he concentrated on the development of Iraqi strategic leaders and on reconnecting Iraqi academics to the outside world.

Before his time in Iraq, he was at Air Command and Staff College, first as a student and then as a faculty member where he specialized in joint warfare and the Process of Accreditation for Joint Education. He was selected to pursue a PhD in International Studies at the University of Denver where his dissertation explored multiparty mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He returned to ACSC to serve as the Chairman of the Curriculum Department in the Distance Learning Directorate where he led a team that delivered a fully-accredited master’s program to over 1,000 students and completely redesigned a non-master’s program that served more than 10,000.

Colonel Bauman spent the first ten years of his career flying mobility missions in the C-27 throughout Central and South America and then in the C-5 worldwide. He also served as an instructor and evaluator pilot at the C-5 schoolhouse.

Colonel Bauman earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and a Doctorate in International Studies from the University of Denver. His focus regions are Israel, Palestine and Iraq. His areas of interest include international security, Middle East peace negotiations, U.S. foreign policy, strategic leader development, organizational transformation, and adult education.