T.X. Hammes, PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Areas of Expertise: Strategy, Future Conflict, Insurgency/Counterinsurgency

T.X. HammesPhone: (202) 685-2335
Email: Thomas.Hammes@ndu.edu

Dr. Hammes served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps — primarily in the operating forces. He participated in stabilization operations in Somalia and Iraq and trained insurgents in various locations. He holds a BS in Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MSt and DPhil in Modern History from Oxford University. He has lectured widely and published on insurgency, irregular warfare and future conflict.


“The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century.” Zenith Press, 2004.
“Forgotten Warriors: the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps’ ethos and the Korean War”



“Dumb-Dumb Bullets” Armed Forces Journal, July, 2009
“Pentagon 2.0″ Democracy Journal , Issue #9, Summer 2009
“The Lethality of Improvised Weaponry in Irregular” National Strategy Forum Review, Volume 16 (Issue 3) Summer 2007.
“Countering Evolved Insurgent Networks” Military Review, July 2006.
“Expert Picks” The Washington Post, July 17, 2005
Strategic Forum 278 Offshore Control: A Proposed Strategy for an Unlikely Conflict June 2012
“Limited means strategy: What to do when the cupboard is bare,” Infinity Journal, Vol 3, inifinityjournal.com Mar 2012
“Counterinsurgency Isn’t a Strategy,” Joint Forces Quarterly, Apr 2012
“On Bombing Iran: A False Choice,” policymic.com, 5 Mar 2012, http://bit/ly/yVJUzp
Strategic Forum 260 Private Contractors in Conflict Zones October 2010

Mother Jones Magazine, October 18, 2007

“Best Practices in COIN” Combined Arms Center Blog, April 22, 2010