Dr. Jeff McCausland
Dr. Jeff McCausland is the Founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC (http://diamondsixleadership.com/
). For the past decade Diamond6 has conducted numerous executive leadership development workshops for leaders in public education, US government institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations across the United States. Participants have included the leadership teams for national education associations and large urban school districts representing hundreds of thousands of students throughout America. In 2020 he published a book, Battle Tested! Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders.
He is also a Visiting Professor of International Security at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. From 2010 thru 2015 Dr. McCausland was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Research and Minerva Chairholder at the U.S. Army War College. Prior to these appointments he was a Visiting Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Graduate School of International Affairs.
Dr. McCausland is a retired Colonel from the US Army and completed his active-duty service in the United States Army in 2002 culminating his career as Dean of Academics, United States Army War College. Upon retirement Dr. McCausland accepted the Class of 1961 Chair of Leadership at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and served there from January 2002 to July 2004.
He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1972 and was commissioned in field artillery. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools as well as the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
During his military career Dr. McCausland served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and Europe. This included Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council Staff in the White House during the Kosovo crisis. He also worked on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) as a member of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, US Army Staff, the Pentagon. Following this assignment, he assumed command of a field artillery battalion stationed in Europe and deployed his unit to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990 and 1991.
Dr. McCausland has both published and lectured broadly on military affairs, European security issues, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as leadership topics throughout the United States and over thirty countries. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Conflict Studies Research Center, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Stiftung Wissenshaft und Politk, Ebenhausen, Germany; George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany; and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.
He has also served as a member of numerous panels on leadership and character development. These include the Chief of Staff Army's Blue-Ribbon Panel on Training and Leader Development; the Character Review Panel for the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy; as well as providing advice and assistance to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Aerospace Leader Development Panel.
Dr. McCausland has been a senior fellow at the Clarke Forum at Dickinson College as well as the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, a Senior Associate Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and an adjunct fellow at the RAND Corporation. He serves on the Board of Advisers to the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York.
He has been a national security consultant for CBS television and radio since 2003. In this capacity he has travelled frequently to Guantanamo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Consequently, he has been a frequent commentator on the ongoing conflicts in both countries as well as other stories focused on national security for CBS since 2003. Since 2018 he has been a frequent contributing author for NBCNews.com Think.
Dr. McCausland has also appeared on MSNBC, CSPAN, CNN, Al Jazeera, Al Ahurra, the CBS Morning Show, Up To the Minute, as well as the CBS Evening News. He has been frequently interviewed by the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He is married to the former Marianne Schiessl, and they have three children - Tanya, Nicholas, and Phillip.