Kimberly Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. She was a contributor to the Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict at the Hoover Institution from 2013-2016.
A military historian who has taught at the US Military Academy at West Point, Yale University, Georgetown University, and American University, Kagan served in Kabul for fifteen months in 2010 and 2011 as a “directed telescope” to General David H. Petraeus and subsequently General John Allen, working on special projects for these commanders of the International Security Assistance Force. Admiral Mike Mullen, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recognized Kagan for her deployment as a volunteer during this time with the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honor the chairman can present to civilians who do not work for the Department of Defense. She is the author of The Eye of Command (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and The Surge: a Military History (Encounter Books, 2009) and editor of The Imperial Moment (Harvard University Press, 2010). Video: Kim Kagan on the importance of military history for the everyday citizen.