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Areas of Expertise: Defense Policy; National Security Reform; Insurgency/Irregular Warfare; Interagency & International Education
Dr. Christopher J. Lamb is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research in the Institute for National Strategic Studies. He conducts research on national security strategy, policy and organizational reform, defense strategy, requirements, plans and programs, and on Special Operations Forces. Prior to joining INSS in 2004 Dr. Lamb served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resources and Plans. He was responsible for Strategic Planning Guidance, Transformation Planning Guidance, Contingency Planning Guidance, the Information Operations Roadmap and oversight of Combatant Commander contingency planning. Dr. Lamb also has served as Director of Policy Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict; Deputy Director for Military Development on the State Department’s Interagency Task Force for Military Stabilization in the Balkans; and Director for Requirements and Plans in the Office of Secretary of Defense. He led the Project for National Security Reform study of the national security system from 2007-2008, which produced the landmark report, “Forging a New Shield.” Prior to joining the Department of Defense Dr. Lamb was a Foreign Service Officer with tours in Haiti, the Ivory Coast and the Pentagon.
Dr. Lamb received his doctorate in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1986. From 1993 through 1998 he was an Adjunct Professor in the National Security Studies program at Georgetown University. Dr. Lamb is the author of numerous articles and books, many of which are used in Joint Professional Military Education courses. His recent research includes collaborative studies on national security and defense reform, interagency teams, military requirements and transformation, and Special Operations Forces.
Dr. Lamb has received the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award; the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executive Service; the Superior Honor award from the Department of State; and Meritorious Civilian Service awards from the Department of Defense.
- Christopher J. Lamb, “Cross-Functional Teams in Defense Reform: Help or Hindrance?” Strategic Forum, No. 298, National Defense University Press, August 2016.
- Christopher J. Lamb and Susan Stipanovich, “Back to Basics on Hybrid Warfare in Europe,” with Susan, Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 81, 2nd Quarter 2016.
- Christopher J. Lamb and Joseph C. Bond, “National Security Reform and the 2016 Election,” with, Strategic Forum, No. 293, National Defense University Press, March 2016.
- “National-Level Coordination and Implementation: How System Attributes Trumped Leadership,” with Megan Franco, in Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War, National Defense University Press, 2015.
- “Increasing the Effectiveness of Military Operations.” Prepared Statement of Christopher J. Lamb before the Senate Armed Services Committee, United States Senate, December 10, 2015.
- Christopher J. Lamb with Brittany Porro, “Next Steps for Transforming Education at National Defense University,” Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 76, 1st Quarter, 2015.
- “Acquisition Reform: The Case of MRAPs” Prepared Statement of Christopher J. Lamb before the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, June 24, 2014. 21 pages.
- Christopher J. Lamb, "Global SOF and Interagency Collaboration," Journal of Strategic Security, 7, no. 2 (2014).
- Christopher J. Lamb, "Pentagon Strategies," in David Ochmanek and Michael Sulmeyer, eds., Challenges in U.S. National Security Policy: A Festschrift Volume Honoring Edward L. (Ted) Warner, (Arlington, VA: RAND, 2014).
- Christopher J. Lamb and Lt Col Erin Staine-Pyne, "9/11, Counterterrorism, and the Senior Interagency Strategy Team: Interagency Small Group Performance in Strategy Formulation and Implementation," Col. Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, Ft. Leavenworth, March 2014.
- Christopher J. Lamb, with Sarah Arkin and Sally Scudder, “The Bosnian Train and Equip Program: A Lesson in Interagency Integration of Hard and Soft Power,” Strategic Perspectives, No. 15, March 2014.
- Christopher J. Lamb, James Douglas Orton, Michael C. Davies, and Theodore T. Pikulsky, “The Way Ahead for Human Terrain Teams,” Joint Force Quarterly, July 2013.
- Christopher J. Lamb with Shane Bilsborough, "Special Operations Forces," in Oxford Bibliographies in Military History. Ed. Dennis Showalter. New York: Oxford University Press, July 2013.
- Fletcher Schoen and Christopher J. Lamb, “Deception, Disinformation, and Strategic Communications: How One Interagency Group Made a Major Difference,” Strategic Perspectives, No. 11, June 2012.
- Evan Munsing and Christopher J. Lamb, “Joint Interagency Task Force–South: The Best Known, Least Understood Interagency Success,” Strategic Perspectives, No. 5, June 2011.
- Christopher J. Lamb and Evan Munsing, “Secret Weapon: High-value Target Teams as an Organizational Innovation,” Strategic Perspectives, No. 4, March 2011.
- Christopher J. Lamb and Edward Marks, “Chief of Mission Authority as a Model for National Security Integration,” Strategic Perspectives, No. 2, December 2010.