Austin Long is a Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Dr. Long was previously an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He was an analyst and adviser to the U.S. military in Iraq (2007-2008) and Afghanistan (2011 and 2013). In 2014-2015, he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security, serving in the Joint Staff J5 (Strategic Plans and Policy) Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Policy Division. Dr. Long’s research has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Cold War Studies, Orbis, and Survival. He is also the author of The Soul of Armies: Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Military Culture in the United States and United Kingdom (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016). He received his B.S. from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


The Soul of Armies: Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Military Culture in the US and UK, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).
Austin Long et al., Corporations and Counterinsurgency (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2009).
Deterrence From Cold War to Long War: Lessons from Six Decades of RAND Research (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2008).
Austin Long  et al., After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2008).
Austin Long, Adam Stulberg, and Michael Salomone, Managing Defense Transformation: Agency, Culture, and Service Change (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007).
On “Other War”: Lessons from Five Decades of RAND Counterinsurgency Research (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2006).
Austin Long and Jodie Sweezey, From Concept to Combat: Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program History and Reference Guide, 1972-2004 (Patuxent River, MD: Naval Air Systems Command, 2005).

Principal Articles

Austin Long and Brendan Green, “Stalking the Secure Second Strike: Intelligence, Counterforce, and Nuclear Strategy,” Journal of Strategic Studies 38 no. 1 (2015): 38.
Austin Long and Llewelyn Hughes, “Is There an Oil Weapon? National Security Implications of Changes in the Structure of the International Oil Market” International Security 39, no. 3 (2014/15): 152.
Review of Innovation, Transformation, and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007, ed. James Russell, The Middle East Journal 65, no. 3 (2011): 501.
“The Quiet Americans? CIA, NSA, and Counterinsurgency: A Review Essay,” Journal of Cold War Studies 13, no. 3 (2011): 149.
Review of Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy by Steven E. Lobell, Norrin M. Ripsman, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Journal of Strategic Studies 34, no. 2 (2011): 281.
“Assessing the Success of Leadership Targeting,” CTC Sentinel 3, no. 11 (2010): 19.
Review of Combating Jihadism: American Hegemony and Interstate Cooperation in the War on Terrorism, by Barak Mendelsohn, Political Science Quarterly 125, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 525.
“Going Nowhere Fast: Assessing Concerns about Long-Range Conventional Ballistic Missiles,” International Security 34, no. 4 (2010): 166.
“Small is Beautiful: The Counterterrorism Option in Afghanistan,” Orbis 54, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 199.
“What, Me Worry? A Letter from Pakistan,” The American Interest 5, no. 3 (2010): 139.
“The Hegemon’s Dilemma,” Journal of International Affairs 63, no. 1 (2009): 219.
“Blood Sport: The Evolution of American Pugilism,” The American Interest 4, no. 4 (2009): 78.
Review of Space as a Strategic Asset, Review of Policy Research by Joan Johnson-Freese, (2008).
“The Anbar Awakening,” Survival 50, no. 2 (2008): 67.
Austin Long and Whitney Raas, “Osirak Redux? Assessing Israeli Capabilities to Destroy Iranian Nuclear Facilities,” International Security 31, no. 4 (2007): 7.
“Prompt Global Strike: A Brief Assessment,” Précis (2007).
Austin Long, Joshua Rovner, and Amy Zegart, “How Intelligent is Intelligence Reform?” International Security 30, no. 4 (2006): 196.
Austin Long and Joshua Rovner, “The Perils of Shallow Theory: Intelligence Reform and the 9/11 Commission,” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 18, no. 4 (2005): 609.
Austin Long and Joshua Rovner, “Theories of Failure and Intelligence Reform: Evaluating the 9/11 Commission Report,” Breakthroughs 14, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 10.

Book Chapters

“Time,” in Understanding Counterinsurgency Warfare: Origins, Operations, Challengesed. Thomas Rid and Thomas A. Keaney (New York: Routledge, 2010).
“The Marine Corps: Sticking to Its Guns,” U.S. Military Innovation Since the Cold War: Creation Without Destruction, ed. Harvey Sapolsky, Benjamin Friedman, and Brendan Green (New York: Routledge, 2009).
Austin Long and Colin Jackson, “The Fifth Service: The Rise of Special Operations Command,” U.S. Military Innovation Since the Cold War: Creation Without Destruction, ed. Harvey Sapolsky, Benjamin Friedman, and Brendan Green (New York: Routledge, 2009).

Other Articles, Testimony and Reports

Austin Long and Joshua Rovner, “Dominoes on the Durand Line? Overcoming Strategic Myths in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Cato Institute, 14 June 2011. Link
Austin Long and William Rosenau, “The Phoenix Program and Contemporary Counterinsurgency,” RAND, 2009. Link.
“What a CT mission in Afghanistan would actually look like,” Foreign Policy, 13 October 2009. Link.
“Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence: The U.S. Military and Counterinsurgency Doctrine, 1960-1970 and 2003-2006,” RAND, 2008. Link.
“Coordination Could Breed Control in Iraq,” Washington Post, 24 January 2007. Link.