Lamb, Christopher J.

Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research


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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.

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