James Gavrilis


Part-time Faculty


James Gavrilis has a diverse background in academia, business, and the military. He is a former U.S. Army officer with over 24 years of experience in command and staff. He has served overseas in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in training, peacekeeping, and combat operations, and he has served in the Pentagon on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After retiring from the Army, Jim worked for DRS Technologies, Inc. and other private sector defense contractors. He has taught graduate courses at Georgetown University and George Washington University, and has taught at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Jim has worked as a Senior Adviser for the Center of Naval Analyses and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics laboratory. He frequently lectures at universities, think-tanks, private companies, and government agencies, and he provides commentary and conducts interviews with numerous news organizations.


International Studies, Political Science, National Security, Military Strategy and Policy, Warfare, Counter-insurgency, Counter-terrorism, Counter-proliferation.

Psychophysiological indicators of adaptable decision making in stressful military situations.

M.A., Old Dominion University

Insurgency and Counter-insurgency, the Military's Role in Governance and Democratization

On The Ground In Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency In Practice, CNA, November 2010

“A Model for Population-Centered Warfare,” Small Wars Journal, May 2009

“Army Must Embrace Unconventional Fight,” National Defense, August 2007

“Army Must Address Irregular Warfare Needs,” National Defense, March 2006

“The Mayor of Ar Rutbah,” Foreign Policy, November-December 2005.