LTG James M. Dubik

Senior Fellow


LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), a Senior Fellow at ISW, currently conducts research, writes, and briefs on behalf of the Institute. His areas of focus include MNSTC-I and the Iraqi Security Forces, the ways to improve U.S. and allied training of indigenous security forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and counterinsurgency doctrine. LTG Dubik assumed command of Multi National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) on June 10, 2007. During this final command, he oversaw the generation and training of the Iraqi Security Forces. Previously, he was the Commanding General of I Corps at Ft. Lewis and the Deputy Commanding General for Transformation, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He also served as the Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division.

Dubik has authored numerous publications including Choices and Consequences, The U.S. Role in Iraq Beyond 2011, Iraq's Lessons for Transition In Afghanistan, Afghanistan: It's Not Over, Accelerating Combat Power in Afghanistan, and Building Security Forces and Ministerial Capacity: Iraq as a Primer. He has also appeared on major news networks such as BBC and NPR. He has been published in The New York Times. Dubik testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia during a hearing entitled “Halting the Descent: U.S. Policy toward the Deteriorating Situation in Iraq.”

Dubik has held numerous leadership and command positions with airborne, ranger, light and mechanized infantry units around the world. He was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry from Gannon University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1971, and he retired from service on September 1, 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy from Gannon University, a Master’s of Arts degree in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Army Commendation and Achievement Medals. Dubik is ranger, airborne and air assault qualified, and he holds the expert infantryman’s badge and the master parachutist badge, as well as the Army Staff Identification Badge.

In February 2012, Dubik was named the next General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, shared by the Army War College, Dickinson College, and Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs. General Dubik was honored as a 2012 inductee into the U.S. Army Association Ranger Hall of Fame.

 In July of 2013, General Dubik traveled to Yokosuka, Japan to deliver the keynote address at the 18th International Seminar on Military Sciences hosted by the National Defense Academy of Japan. There he delivered remarks on the future of the U.S. Army and lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read selected excerpts from A Period of Transitions: the U.S. Army and its Future and Learning from a Decade-Plus of War.