Dr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr. joined the National War College faculty in July 2018 after service as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia with the National Security Council from April 2017-June 2018.
Dr. Hooker served for 30 years in the United States Army as a parachute infantry officer in the United States and Europe. While on active duty, he participated in military operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, the Sinai, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute brigade in Baghdad from January 2005 to January 2006. His military service also included tours in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army.
From 2013-2017 he served as Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he served as Deputy Commandant and Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome from September 2010-August 2013. He holds The Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Affairs at NDU and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Foreign Policy Research Council. A former White House Fellow, Dr. Hooker previously taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and held the Chief of Staff of the Army Chair at the National War College. He also served with the Office of National Service, the White House under President George H.W. Bush, with the Arms Control and Defense Directorate, National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and with the NSC Office for Iraq and Afghanistan in the administration of George W. Bush. While at the NSC he was a contributing author to The National Security Strategy of the United States.
Dr. Hooker graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981 and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where he earned an M.S. in National Security Studies and served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.