Kevin C.M. Benson

Kevin C.M. Benson

Editorial Advisory Panel

Col (Ret.) Dr. Kevin C.M. Benson retired from the US Army on 1 July 2007 completing 30 years of active duty.  Dr. Benson is a 1977 graduate of the United States Military Academy.  Dr. Benson attended the Armor Officer Basic Course, U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.  He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program as a War College Fellow in 2001.  He currently teaches at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies.  He is a doctor of philosophy in history from the University of Kansas.  He was a Senator Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Summer Fellow in 2011.

He served at the platoon through Joint Force level in peace, operations other than war, and war. Dr. Benson commanded the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.  He served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, C5 (Plans), Combined Forces Land Component Command and Third US Army from June 2002 to July 2003 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM/Operation COBRA II and Operation ECLIPSE II.  Dr. Benson’s final posting in the Army was the Director, School of Advanced Military Studies, SAMS.  He served in Baghdad as a member of the J5, US Forces-Iraq from October 2010 to January 2011, at the request of the commanding general.

His personal awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina), Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the United Nations Medal.


Current Publications:
"Syria Thoughts," on the Small Wars Journal Blog, posted 10
September 2013.

"Answering the Army's Three Questions," at,
Defense section, 10 August 2013.

"The Conundrum of Mission Command," with COL (ret) Greg Fontenot,
published by Army Magazine, June 2013.


Future Publications (Publication Plan / Works-in-Progress):
"Clausewitz in Reality - Observations on the Iraq War" submitted to
Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College, (under review)

Book review, "Cold Days In Hell American POWs in the Korea War, by
William Latham, Jr., submitted to Army Magazine.


Previous Publications:
"An Iraq War Planner reflects on Lessons Learned," at, 1
April 2013.

"Educating Officers for the 21st Century," published by Army
, JAN-FEB 2013 edition.

"21st Century operations and the Art of Wargaming," with COL Tom
Roe, LTC Greg Penfield and Mr. David Futch, in The Journal of Military Operations,
Vol. 1, Issue 3, Winter 2012, pages 12-16.

"Way of War or the Latest Fad: A critique of AirSea Battle," with
COL (ret) Greg Fontenot, Infinity Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, December 2012.

Critical review of Wiki at War Conflict in a Socially Networked
World, by James Jay Carafano, in the July 2012 edition of Army Magazine

"Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A "Vision" of the
Future," published in Small Wars Journal, 25 July 2012.

"Observations on Mission Command: Will Our Army Adapt" with LTC Greg
Penfield, in the January 2012 edition of Army Magazine

"Special Operations and Conventional Forces," guest post on Dr.
Micah Zenko's Council on Foreign Relations blog, 30 January 2012

"Goodbye, OODA Loop," with COL (ret) Steven Rotkoff, in the October
2011 edition of Armed Forces Journal

Foreword, "Winning Insurgent War," by Dr. Geoffrey Demarest, June

"Persistent Warfare or Containment," with COL (ret) Greg Fontenot,
in the September 2009 edition of Army Magazine.

"No Mercy," an essay on counter-piracy operations in Armed Forces
, June 2009.

"Principles of Design for the Army the United States Might Need," with COL (ret) Greg Fontenot in the May 2009 edition of Army Magazine. Used as a part of course reading in the Army War College correspondence course.

Critical Review of Dr. Brian McAllister Linn's, "The Echo of Battle:
The Army's Way of War," for Parameters, the professional journal of the US
Army War College, Spring 2009.

"Transformation or Reclamation: Organizing to Win the War We Have and Those We May have to Fight," with COL (ret) Greg Fontenot in the March 2009 edition of Army Magazine.

"Deterring Terror," a chapter in "Global Community – Global Security," editor, Prof. Randall Osborne, Texas State University-San Marcos, November, 2008.

"Tactics for Small Wars," a Landpower Essay, an Institute of Land
publication, July 2008

"Shift the Debate on Iraq from 'When' to 'How'," an opinion essay published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12 August 2007.

"OIF Phase IV: A Planner's Response to Brigadier Aylwin-Foster" in
Military Review, March-April edition, 2006.  Also published as Turning the
Other Cheek, in the Autumn 2006 edition of British Army Review, No. 140

Critical Review of "The New American Militarism," in Military Review,
November-December edition, 2005.

"Phase IV" CFLCC Stability Operations Planning, in Turning Victory
Into Success Military Operations after the Campaign, Fort Leavenworth, KS:
Combat Studies Institute Press, 2004

"Thoughts on Restructuring Army Brigades," in Armor Magazine,
May-June 2004.

"Manila, 1945," in City Fights, an anthology of urban combat
operations edited by COL (ret) John Antal, 2003.

"Decision Making in the Information Age," unpublished monograph
written to fulfill Army Fellowship requirements while at MIT, 2002.

"Cavalry for the Interim Force," in Armor Magazine, 2002

"If I had it to do All Over Again. Command AAR," in Army Magazine,

"Armor, Cavalry, and Transformation," in Armor Magazine, 2001.  Also
reprinted in the African Armed Forces Journal in 2001.

"Awaiting the Meteor," in Armor Magazine, 1998.  Also reprinted in
the African Armed Forces Journal, 1999.

"Training for Peace Support Operations," in Military Review, 1998

"Remembering Colonel "RED" Reeder," in Assembly Magazine, 1998

"Task Force Kuwait," in Army Magazine, 1998.

"Third Army is not an Acronym," in Army Magazine, 1997

"Tank Battalion After Next," in Armor Magazine, 1996.

"Personal Leadership," in Armor Magazine, 1996.

"Planning Exit Strategy," in Parameters, 1996

"Whither the 2d Cavalry," in Armor Magazine, 1995

"Report from Haiti," in Armor Magazine, 1995

"Half the Battle, Simultaneous Operations in Depth," in Military
, 1994.

"Commanders' Intent," in Infantry Magazine, 1993.

"Commanders' Intent," in Special Operations Magazine, 1993.