Chris Gibson


Chris Gibson is the Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at Williams College, where he has been serving since February 2017. Prior to that, Chris served six years as U.S. Representative for New York's 19th District. In Congress, Chris served on the House Armed Services Committee where he authored the legislation that reversed the Obama administration's drawdown of the armed forces and constantly fought to improve the readiness of the U.S. military. Prior to serving in Congress, Chris served 29 years in the U.S. military, starting as an Infantry Private in the New York Army National Guard in 1981, before earning an ROTC Commission and ultimately rising to the rank of Colonel in the Regular Army.  In his last duty assignment, Chris commanded the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.  Over the course of his career, Chris served four combat tours in Iraq, a tour in Kosovo with the NATO peace enforcement mission, and a tour in Haiti for humanitarian relief.  Other key assignments included teaching American Politics at the US Military Academy at West Point and serving as a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellow. Among his awards and decorations are four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge with Star, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.  Chris holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. He is the author of Securing the State, an overview of the national security decision-making process published by Ashgate in 2008, and the forthcoming book, Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream, which will be published by Twelve Books on October 3, 2017. 

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The Way Forward With Putin And Russia

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In late August 2016, I led a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, Latvia, Poland, and Germany to gather information and build support for the POSTURE Act, a Bill to reverse the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. armed forces and deter further Russian aggression in eastern Europe. On day four of that trip we were in Latvia listening intently to Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister, explain his dismay with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning the relevancy of NATO. 

Retired Army colonel Chris Gibson

The Man from Kinderhook

by Chris Gibson via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

During a distinguished Army career, Chris Gibson, who spent a year as a Hoover national security fellow, displayed brains, determination, and courage. Now he’s testing his mettle in Congress.

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The Indispensable Partnership

by Chris Gibson via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A study of two great generals who knew how to keep civilian and military leaders working together. By Colonel Chris Gibson.