Daniel W. Peck

Daniel W. Peck

Daniel W. Peck


Part-time Faculty


Mr. Peck has previously served as the Senior Director for China Policy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and as the Director of Political Military Affairs at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Washington Office, in support of the State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) Bureau. He has served as the Executive Director of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) since 2018 and has 22 years prior service as an Armor and Cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, including 12 years as a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) focused on China and the Asia-Pacific. During this time, Mr. Peck served as a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, as a military observer for a PLA exercise in China, as an observer at several RoC military exercises in Taiwan, as an advisor and trainer to the Afghan National Army, and as a senior military analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency. His military service includes two combat tours in Afghanistan, operational deployments to Kuwait and Bosnia, and overseas service in Korea and China.

Mr. Peck has been traveling to China since 1998, including living in China for more than four years. He has conducted extensive research travel to China and the region, including several trips to Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, every province of China, and a dozen neighboring and regional countries, most while conducting field research or carrying out U.S. government programs with or related to China. He has formally studied Chinese language at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, Capital Normal University (CNU) in Beijing, the International Youth University in Beijing, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). 

China's military (The PLA); The RoC (Taiwan) Armed Forces; U.S.-China relations; U.S. national security interest in the Asia Pacific; U.S.-China military-to-military relations; PLA military plans, planning, and contingencies.

MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School
BA in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami, FL

IAFF 6186.32 China's Military